Barnes spent four seasons with the Golden State Warriors before joining the Mavericks in 2016.
To James, though, it was simply a matter of what was good for the goose also being good for the gander.
Those conversations have followed the 34-year-old throughout his career, from signing with the Miami Heat as a free agent in 2010 to his perceived role orchestrating fellow Klutch Sports client Anthony Davis' recent trade request to the Lakers. The Marion, Indiana native went on to earn All-NBA Third Team honors in 2010-11 after posting at least 20 points per game in three consecutive seasons. He has played 21.6 minutes a night for the Kings over his first two National Basketball Association seasons. Others were content to make light of the unusual situation. The former North Carolina Tar Heel added that he was "excited for the next chapter", with the Kings.
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The Mavericks now have $13.1 million in room to use at the trade deadline or up until June 30. "That's part of the real compelling aspect of our league, and we all understand that, it's a dynamic business".
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Afterward, veteran Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki spoke about how impressed he was with Barnes for staying on the bench. But, what made things awkward here is the team traded the man while he was still on the freaking hardwood for them. Barnes has a player-option on his $25 million deal for the 2019-2020 season.
Barnes was in uniform for Dallas on Wednesday night against the visiting Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Center when news of the deal broke.