Editor's note: The above video is from Oct. 27, 2015.
On Tuesday morning, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that if Kevin Durant elects to leave the Thunder in free agency, the Warriors are the "significant frontrunners to sign him."
What would that mean for Harrison Barnes?
The Warriors' starting small forward weighed in on Turesday afternoon.
“Oh man, that’s part of the business,” Barnes told Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. “He’s a great player. If that’s the move they want to make, you know, hopefully, it works out.”
Back in late October, Barnes and the Warriors agreed to table contract extenstion talks until July.
Barnes is scheduled to become a restricted free agent.
The 23-year old is averaging 11.9 points and 4.5 rebounds over 32 games (he missed 16 because of a sprained ankle), while shooting 39.4 percent from deep.
Durant, the 2013-14 MVP, is averaging 27.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists this season, while shooting 38.4 percent from 3-point territory.
Barnes isn't paying attention to the noise.
“It’s always something, right?” Barnes said. “The first summer it was Dwight (Howard). The next summer it was Kevin Love. Every single year, there’s always been somebody who the Warriors wanted or somebody who wanted to come here. That’s part of the business. That stuff happens.
“If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, great. At the end of the day, I’ll still get the chance to be in NBA and still get to play.”
The Warriors (44-4) lead the Thunder (37-13) by eight games for the top spot in the Western Conference.
Golden State hosts Oklahoma City on Saturday night.
“Everyone here, we’re locked in on what we need to do,” Barnes told Simmons. “I think it’s understood and doesn’t need to be said that what we’re doing right now is special - not only this season, but also historically.
“You don’t want to start looking around and focusing on what’s going on outside of the team or looking forward to different paths. Then, you lose your momentum, and once you lose it, you can’t ever get it back.”