The longstanding rumor surrounding the Dallas Mavericks moving on from high-priced forward Harrison Barnes has now reportedly come to fruition.
According to this report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Dallas has sent Barnes to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for the expiring contract of Zach Randolph as well as young forward Justin Jackson.
The Kings are trading Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph to the Mavericks for Harrison Barnes, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019
This represents the second trade of the day for a Kings team that previously added Alec Burks in three-way deal with the Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Previously linked to the Kings in trade talks, the 26-year-old Barnes is averaging 17.8 points and 4.3 rebounds on a career-best 39 percent shooting from distance.
He’ll add another scorer to a surprising young Kings roster as the team looks to make a playoff appearance this season.
This move frees up a long-term contract commitment for Dallas — enabling it to retain the recently acquired Kristaps Porzingis on a long-term deal.