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.
The official announcement of the trade came after the game, but news of the agreement broke early in the fourth quarter of the Mavs' win.
Now: They don't have the room the Clippers or Knicks might have to tell a free agent, "Pick another big name who's on the market and convince him to join you here".
"So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???" he wrote. "He's obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life, and that's the kind of guy that he is".
Part of the reason for James' frustration could be the backlash against Davis, after he requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans. "We'll miss him an very 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". Sacramento entered Wednesday a game out of the final playoff spot in the West.
Additionally, NBA insider Marc Stein reports that Barnes new going into the game that there was a chance he'd be traded, but elected to play anyway.
On the screen, it was displayed that he had been sent to Sacramento by the Mavs.
For the Mavericks, the move was about freeing up cap space. He has yet to appear in a game this season, but averaged 14.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 25.6 minutes in 59 games (58 starts) for the Kings in 2017-18.The 17-year veteran is a two-time All Star (2010, 2013) and earned All-NBA Third Team in 2010-11.
Barnes is no sure bet to opt-in next season.