Basketball: Warriors make qualifying offers for Barnes, Ezeli

Harrison Barnes shoots the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Seven. Photo / Getty Images
Harrison Barnes shoots the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Seven. Photo / Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors extended qualifying NBA offers to forward Harrison Barnes and centre Festus Ezeli, making them restricted free agents.

The move, which needed to be made by Friday, means the Warriors can now match any offer made to the pair by other teams.

The Warriors, however, are expected to pursue Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, who could potentially take Barnes' small forward position and force him to exit.

Barnes, 24, averaged a career-high 11.7 points last season but struggled in the NBA Finals where Golden State lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ezeli, 26, has primarily been a back-up centre for the Warriors and recorded 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

The Warriors were not the only team to be tinkering with their roster on Thursday with Orlando acquiring shooting guard Jodie Meeks in a trade with the Detroit Pistons.

Orlando sent a future conditional second-round pick in exchange for Meeks, who was injured for much of last season and played three regular season games.

He averaged 11.1 points for the Pistons in 2014-15.

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