The Dallas Mavericks traded Harrison Barnes to the Sacramento Kings in the middle of their game against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night, but it appears Barnes was aware of that possibility beforehand.
LeBron James wants the "narrative" around player movement to change.
In what is quickly becoming a trade deadline of insanity, the Sacramento Kings have finally traded for the big wing they've coveted for months. I'm OK with both honestly. If it weren't for insiders and social media, Barnes merely would have played the game then been informed when it was finished.
We have another major National Basketball Association trade this evening, with the Dallas Mavericks shipping out small forward Harrison Barnes.
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"Everybody else would have bounced".
Barnes, who was traded for Kings forwards Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson, played most of the third quarter before reports of the deal surfaced, scoring seven of his 10 points. "He's obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life, and that's the kind of guy that he is".
By trading him, the Mavs have opened up some much needed salary cap space ahead of next summer, when they are projected to have $30 million available.
As the first half of the season came and went and the back end of the Dallas Mavericks 82-game sprint began, it was clear that the team needed to change something.
Harrison Barnes #40 of the Dallas Mavericks during the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.