Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes is out again with a foot injury, a setback that will keep him sidelined when the team plays a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday in Shanghai.
According to a report Thursday from Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com, there is no timetable for Barnes' return, news that could spell the designation of a bench role in the regular season for the 21-year-old, who was a starter last season as a rookie.
Head coach Mark Jackson has to figure out whether the recently acquired Andre Igoudala or Barnes will start at the 3-spot this season, and Barnes' injury to his left foot could mean Jackson moves forward with slotting in Igoudala at small forward.
Jackson said his injury plays a factor in who to start, but the way he envisioned using Igoudala when the Warriors acquired him in the offseason hasn't changed:
"Unfortunately [the injury] has got to play a factor because you didn’t really get to see those units together, no matter who it is. The good thing is, I know all of these guys. I envisioned when we got Andre how I would utilize all of them and that hasn’t changed."
Igoudala, a 2012 All-Star, agreed to a four-year, $48 million deal with the Warriors this summer after completing a sign-and-trade with his former Denver Nuggets team. Barnes averaged 9.2. points and 4.1 rebounds in 25 minutes per game, appearing in all but one of Golden State's games last season.
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