LeBron James Puts Mavs on Blast for Trading Harrison Barnes Mid-Game

LeBron James

LeBron James

National Basketball Association veteran Harrison Barnes reportedly knew he was on the verge of being traded - but judging by his on-camera reaction, he didn't expect it the deal to go through in the middle of a game.

"So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right?"

The Mavericks agreed to send forward Harrison Barnes to the Kings in the middle of their matchup against the Hornets on Wednesday. I'm OK with both honestly.

James posted a video of Harrison Barnes, who was traded by the Dallas Mavericks mid-game.

The NBA can really be a ruthless business, and it just showed on full display on the eve of the trade deadline. He knew there was a chance the New Orleans Pelicans would decide against immediately honoring his trade request, especially once it became apparent league-wide that he plans on signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2020 regardless.

LeBron James wants the "narrative" around player movement to change.

The Barnes deal came on the eve of the National Basketball Association trade deadline and a week after Dallas' blockbuster with the New York Knicks to acquire Kristaps Porzingis. "He's obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life, and that's the kind of guy that he is". Barnes has had a down shooting year overall, but he's actually having a career year from three when you factor in percentage and volume - 39 percent on over six 3-pointers a game. He is now averaging 17.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

The Mavericks now have $13.1 million in room to use at the trade deadline or up until June 30. 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.

Barnes was in his third Mavericks season and had been one of Dallas' top two scorers each year.

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