Twitter is crushing Harrison Barnes for turning down a $25 million contract

Harrison Barnes is looking for a long-term deal and bored basketball fans are looking for someone to roast on Twitter while they wait for Thursday night’s NBA Draft.

Those two forces collided Tuesday when Barnes reportedly opted out of a hefty paycheck.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report that the veteran forward would leave a $25.1 million player option on the table for next season with the Sacramento Kings in hopes of landing more in a long-term deal.

Barnes has put together a solid, if not spectacular career, since he was drafted by the Warriors with the 7th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. The Kings acquired Barnes from Dallas in the middle of the season and were thought to be banking on paying him the $25 million. Barnes has averaged nearly 14 points per game over his career, with his highest scoring average — 19 points per game — coming the season after he left Golden State for the Mavericks three years ago.

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News of the decision had pundits and fans questioning the state of the league, especially since Barnes won’t be among the biggest names on the free agency market this summer.

Others have pointed out that Barnes is a proven scorer, and one of his former teams (the Warriors) may be in need of buckets with fellow free agents Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant both injured and potentially on their way out of Oakland/San Francisco.

Barnes coming to the Warriors’ rescue would be a bit of irony. He left Golden State for Dallas after the team lost the NBA Finals and set out to acquire Durant, resulting in two consecutive championship runs.

Bill Disbrow is SFGATE’s Director of Content. Email: wdisbrow@sfgate.com | Twitter: @bdisbrow

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