Harrison Barnes and the rest of the NBA received a strong reminder that basketball is a business on Wednesday when the Dallas Mavericks forward was shipped to the Sacramento Kings while he was still on the court. Barnes would get pulled from the game and sat through the fourth quarter, but it's rare that a player in trade talks is allowed to play at all the night of a trade - at the least they'll wait until after the game to let a deal be known. Michelle Beadle then reads LeBron James' Instagram post in which he rants about Barnes' mid-game trade.
After the game, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle thanked Barnes in front of the team for "being the model professional and a great example". "We'll miss him an bad lot, but I believe he's going to have a great situation where he's going and we'll just go forward from here". Mark Cuban owes the man an apology.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Kings are planning to make a long-term play for Barnes, who has a $25 million player option for the 2019-20 season.More news: Virginia's 3rd in line for governor swears he never wore blackface
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Barnes, 26, is averaging 17.3 points and 4.3 rebounds on the season. "I know that firsthand".
The Lakers have reportedly been trying to acquire him before Thursday's deadline, while the Boston Celtics are also believed to be interested.
Jackson was drafted by Sacramento with the 15th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of North Carolina, where he helped guide the Tar Heels to a National Championship as a junior after earning ACC Player of the Year, Consensus First Team All American and First Team All-ACC honors.