The Kings are reportedly interested in signing Barnes long-term, though he has a player option for the 2019-20 season. He could be a buyout candidate as he is on an expiring contract.
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. He was a frequent Dallas foe during his eight seasons with Memphis.
The 26-year-old is averaging 17.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 48 appearances this season.
The seventh-year player lingered on the floor a few extra moments after the game to chat up some Charlotte opponents, then walked through a throng of fans who seemed to want to say goodbye after seeing all the social media activity on their phones during the second half. Tim Hardaway Jr., acquired last week in the blockbuster trade that delivered Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas, made his debut with 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting.
Dallas traded for Porzingis last week in a seven-player deal with NY that starters Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews and center DeAndre Jordan to the Knicks.
Dorian Finney-Smith recorded his second career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell each had 11. Trey Burke went scoreless in four minutes while Courtney Lee didn't play. Batum was just 2 of 9 from 3-point range as the Hornets shot 24 per cent from beyond the arc.
The Kings are trading Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph to the Mavericks for Harrison Barnes, league sources tell ESPN. Jackson was active for Friday night's game against Milwaukee.