Luka Doncic scored 19 points in his third triple-double, Dorian Finney-Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the new-look Dallas Mavericks made another move by trading Harrison Barnes while beating the Charlotte Hornets 99-93 on Wednesday night.
"The Kings want to make a long-term play to keep Barnes, who has a player-option on his $25M deal for the 2019-20, sources tell ESPN", Woj added.
National Basketball Association veteran Harrison Barnes looked just as shocked as everyone else when he learned during the middle of the game against the Charlotte Hornets that he was being traded to the Sacramento Kings.
LeBron James called out the timing of the trade, suggesting teams trading players were treated differently from players requesting trades.
Afterward, veteran Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki spoke about how impressed he was with Barnes for staying on the bench. "Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea". I'm ok with both honestly, truly am.More news: Bugatti’s 110th Anniversary Chiron Sport Is a Tribute to France
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Two people with knowledge of the deal said the Mavericks sent Barnes to the Kings for Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson. He's just a genuinely good dude and he's obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life. He is averaging 6.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game this season for Sacramento.
Along with that, if Dallas wants any ounce of flexibility for free agency this summer, it will have to come with a Barnes and/or Dwight Powell move to clear up over $35 million in cap space.
Kemba Walker had 30 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who got swept by Dallas after losing to the Mavericks by 38 points at home about a month ago.
With Wednesday's win over Charlotte, the Mavericks improved to 25-28 and remain 11th in the Western Conference, while Sacramento is in ninth place with a 28-26 record.