Warriors exercise options on Thompson, Barnes

Updated: October 25, 2013

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Golden State Warriors have exercised
the fourth-year option on G Klay Thompson and third-year options on F Harrison
Barnes and big man Festus Ezeli for the 2014-15 season.

Thompson has appeared in all 148 games in two seasons with Golden State after
being selected 11th overall in the 2011 NBA draft. A starter in all 82 games a
season ago, the sharpshooter averaged 16.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per contest
while finishing third in the league with 211 3-pointers made. Along with
backcourt mate Steph Curry, the duo sank 483 triples, the most by a pair of
teammates in NBA history.

Barnes, 21, was a member of the First Team All-Rookie last season. He posted
averages of 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and improved to 16.1 points
and 6.3 rebounds per game in the playoffs, becoming the first rookie since
Spurs’ center David Robinson in 1990 to average at least 16 and 6 in the
postseason (minimum 10 games).

With the edition of swing man Andre Iguodala this summer, Barnes is expected
to come off the bench in 2013-14 and should be a candidate for Sixth Man of
the Year.

Ezeli, a Vanderbilt product, averaged just 2.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in 78
games as a rookie. He also ranked fourth among all rookies with 0.95 blocks
per game.