Dallas Mavs Traded Harrison Barnes To Sacramento Kings Mid-Game

Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

I figured it's about time for Harrison to step in for me now.

The Kings have been active in the lead-up to the deadline, also agreeing Wednesday to acquire Alec Burks from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-way deal with the Houston Rockets.

Sacramento and the Dallas Mavericks agreed to a trade Wednesday night that will bring Harrison Barnes to California's capital.

Anthony Davis made his own bed.

The trade was consummated during the second half, as Barnes played 8:49 of the third quarter.

Basketball fans and NBA superstars, such as LeBron James, took to social media to address the Barnes swap.

That certainly does not make the turn of events any easier to stomach for Barnes, whose reaction to the news went viral once the public learned of the transaction.




"The lasting legacy of the Heatles is that they taught players how to manipulate the National Basketball Association system and wield their power in the team-building process", The Post's Jerry Brewer wrote in a column published earlier Wednesday.

"On the whims of entitled 20-somethings who would rather escape than grind - or who would rather go to the next shiny market than coexist with another star (here's to you, Kyrie Irving) - the National Basketball Association keeps spinning and spinning", Brewer wrote. Hopefully you're treated a lot better in Sacramento. "Just call a ♠️ a ♠️!", wrote James on Instagram.

James signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with the Lakers this summer. So it is easy to see the clear line of communication between the two parties. "It is a dynamic business and you deal with things as they happen". Suddenly a free agent, he signed with the Mavericks and was a dependable starter for them, right up until Wednesday.

Barnes is no sure bet to opt-in next season. The former North Carolina Tar Heel added that he was "excited for the next chapter", with the Kings. "He's obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life, and that's the kind of guy that he is".

The Mavericks now have $13.1 million in room to use at the trade deadline or up until June 30.

The 26-year-old forward was averaging 17.8 points per game in 48 starts with the Mavericks this season, and he averaged 18.8 points per game during his three seasons in Dallas. Originally selected by the Warriors with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Barnes earned ACC Rookie of the Year and Second-Team All ACC accolades as a freshman (2011) and a First-Team All ACC nod as a sophomore at North Carolina, where he helped the Tar Heels to a pair of regional finals in the NCAA Tournament.

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