San Francisco Chronicle

Myers looks at Barnes, Ezeli

- By Rusty Simmons Rusty Simmons is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers said one of the most important things during the free-agency period will be to avoid being clouded by the despair that came with losing Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors may match any opponent’s offer sheet to restricted free agents Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, if the franchise chooses to favor the players’ track records over their most recent showings.

Barnes, who turned 24 last month, is the Warriors’ starting small forward and backup power forward, and his defensive versatilit­y is one of the keys to the team’s potent small-ball lineup. But Barnes averaged just five points on 5-for-32 (15.6 percent) shooting from the field and 3-for-15 (20 percent) shooting from threepoint range in the Warriors’ three straight losses to end the season.

Ezeli, 26, posted career-high averages in scoring (seven points), field-goal percentage (54.8), rebounding (5.6) and blocked shots (1.1) and was voted the Warriors’ best teammate in 2015-16. But the Warriors were outscored by nine points in his 11 Game 7 minutes. He fouled LeBron James on a three-point attempt and then allowed the Finals MVP to make a 26-footer over him during a 31-second, fourthquar­ter stretch that gave Cleveland the lead.

“I know we’re all measured in those (NBA Finals) moments, but both of those guys have been great for us and have helped us get where we are,” Myers said. “You can’t forget all the things they did to get us here. We’re going to be careful how we evaluate things and not evaluate things on one game or four games or six games.

“We’re going to evaluate it on the entire career and a lot of things that we know about people that maybe somebody else doesn’t.” Avoiding the knife: Although point guard Stephen Curry finished the postseason with an ailing ankle, knee and elbow, and center Andrew Bogut missed the final two games with left knee bone bruises, Myers said neither will require offseason knee surgery. Coaching update: Warriors lead assistant Luke Walton officially took his new post as the Lakers’ head man Tuesday, and player-developmen­t coach Chris DeMarco is expected to join him in Los Angeles.

Jeff Hornacek, who got the New York headcoachi­ng job, Charlotte assistant Stephen Silas and Portland assistant Nate Tibbets all have been considered as potential replacemen­ts for Walton, but Myers said the Warriors’ coaching staff “is not close to conclusion.”

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