Two years in the past, Harrison Barnes was in the midst of a sport in opposition to the Charlotte Hornets when he came upon that he was being traded from Dallas to Sacramento. He was pulled out within the fourth quarter as soon as the deal was finalized.
So for all of the rumors, Barnes has been concerned in main into the March 25 commerce deadline, it’s nothing in comparison with what he has already been by way of in his NBA profession. On a current episode of “The Ryen Russillo Podcast”, Barnes mentioned he’s most likely been a part of commerce rumors yearly since his rookie season, so he simply has to deal with what he can management and put himself in a psychological house to adapt to no matter comes subsequent.
When Russillo requested Barnes how he handles the hypothesis, Barnes took it in stride:
“Actually, It’s so humorous particularly with my relationship with the commerce deadline lately. Actually, I don’t know. I verify Woj’s Twitter simply as a lot as you most likely do, and I imply, he would most likely be the primary particular person to let me know if I received traded, so I truthfully don’t know. I imply each rumor, , typically when there’s smoke, there’s hearth, lots of occasions it’s a smokescreen. So I might say it’s up within the air.”
Barnes is the participant on the Kings who has been drawing essentially the most consideration since he’s in the midst of a profession 12 months, has championship expertise, and would match neatly on nearly any contender. The Celtics have been repeatedly linked to Barnes so as to add a 3rd constant ahead of their rotation. Miami additionally makes lots of sense as a suitor if Barnes can fill within the position Jae Crowder occupied through the Warmth’s Finals run a 12 months in the past.
However though Barnes may fetch a fairly penny, the Kings don’t appear actively focused on shifting their veteran chief. Per Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Kings are considerably reluctant to commerce Barnes regardless of their descent within the standings:
Whereas that is most assuredly a “hole 12 months,” as we wrote about lately, the mixture of Barnes’ play, his professionalism and his declining pay ($20.2 million subsequent season; $18.3 million in 2022-23) is such that it’s going to take a major supply to pry him away. And the Kings’ potential to stay aggressive, it appears, might be an element within the resolution.
Translation: A mix of late first-round draft picks and younger gamers like those sporting inexperienced in Boston, it seems, doubtless wouldn’t be sufficient to get it finished. The Kings are clearly nonetheless pondering the potential of including the type of impression piece that they imagine would put them within the playoff combine.
Does that imply Barnes received’t get moved? By no means say by no means, but it surely appears the Kings are holding onto Barnes a bit tighter than anticipated right here.
Issues have been unhealthy for the Kings in current weeks, however they might get a lot worse in a rush if Barnes had been gone. He’s the one ahead Luke Walton trusts, although Nemanja Bjelica has gotten extra run with the present spate of accidents, and Sacramento must play DaQuan Jeffries heavy minutes in Barnes’ absence, or probably extra three-guard lineups. That’s a surefire recipe for a excessive draft decide if that’s what the Kings are on the lookout for.
Barnes has been one of many main brilliant spots of the Sacramento season so far, and he’ll assuredly have a market through the offseason if the Kings nonetheless need to proceed with their rebuild then. For now, it’s comprehensible why the entrance workplace would need to preserve him round.