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Warriors exercise option on Barnes, Ezeli



The Golden State Warriors exercised fourth-year contract options on forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli for the 2015-16 season, the team announced Thursday.

But the Warriors declined the third-year contract option on guard Nemanja Nedovic.

In three seasons with the Warriors, Barnes is averaging 9.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. In 19 postseason games, he has averages of 13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

Barnes was the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Warriors and was named to the all-rookie team for the 2012-13 season.

The 25-year-old Ezeli has played in 79 games and started 41 in three seasons with the Warriors. He has averaged 2.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.94 blocks.

Ezeli, the 30th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, is coming back from right knee surgery that kept him out for the entire 2013-14 season.

The 23-year-old Nedovic saw action in 24 games with the Warriors last season as a rookie, averaging 1.1 points. He was the 30th overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns in 2013 but traded on draft night to the Warriors.

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