Barnes was on the bench for Dallas at the time as they beat the Charlotte Hornets 99-93. But obviously, at that point, Barnes coming out of the game meant more than that.
His caption read, "So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???" It was a weird scene though seeing a player get traded in the middle of the game, watching his former teammates on the Mavs sideline minutes after finding out he was now a member of a different franchise. I'm OK with both honestly.
"Just call a spade a spade!"
James' post was liked by Anthony Davis. A great influence on the team, also in this community.
The 34-year-old took to Instagram to vent his frustration about the move, and noted an extreme double standard when it comes to players requesting trades.
He joins the Kings after spending the last two-plus seasons in Dallas, where he was averaging 17.8 points (.406 FG%,.390 3pt%,.833 FT%), 4.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 49 contests this season, all starts. "He's a professional, so I'm sure he's going to fit in ideal".
The Kings have been active in the trade market leading into Thursday's trade deadline, making a deal earlier Wednesday night to acquire Alec Burks from the Cleveland Cavaliers while trading Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets. Barnes, 26, is earning a base salary of $24.1 million with a cap hit of $24,793,702 and a dead cap value of $49,209,769. The Kings will have $21 million in room if Barnes opts in or $45.2 million if he declines his option.