LeBron James didn't like how Harrison Barnes trade went down


The Mavericks agreed to send forward Harrison Barnes to the Kings in the middle of their matchup against the Hornets on Wednesday. The problem was that the Mavs traded Barnes mid-game.The former National Basketball Association champion was still on the bench during their 99-93 win against the Charlotte Hornets when the news flashed on the arena monitors at some point during the 3rd quarter.

A seven-year National Basketball Association veteran, member of the 2015 Golden State Warriors championship team and 2016 Gold Medalist in the Rio Olympics as part of Team USA, Barnes has accrued career averages of 13.5 points (.446 FG%,.371 3pt%,.795 FT%), 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 30.6 minutes per contest through 512 games (450 starts) with Golden State (2012-13 - 2015-16) and Dallas (2016-17 - 2018-19).

"So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???" I'm OK with both honestly. "Just call a (spade) a (spade)!" he wrote.

New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, the centerpiece of this year's mid-season trade rumors, liked James' post along with Portland Trailblazers star guard CJ McCollum.

The Mavericks informed Barnes and his agent, Jeff Schwartz, that a trade might be in the works, but the forward made a decision to play against Charlotte anyway, according to former Boston Celtics great Paul Pierce and the New York Times' Marc Stein.

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Clearly, James is annoyed with how teams using strong business practices are widely seen as shrewd, while players doing what's best for themselves are considered selfish.

The Kings received forwards Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph from Dallas in exchange for Barnes, who is averaging 17.8 points this season. The Marion, Indiana native went on to earn All-NBA Third Team honors in 2010-11 after posting at least 20 points per game in three consecutive seasons. The Lakers have reportedly been trying to acquire him before Thursday's deadline.

"I don't know too much about Harrison", Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein told reporters Wednesday night.

The deal has significant financial ramifications for Dallas, as it positions the Mavs to be aggressive in free agency this summer, despite taking on the combined $31 million in salary owed next season to Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee in the Porzingis deal.

The trade deadline has, somehow, still not passed.