During the second half of tonight’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets, the Dallas Mavericks have traded forward Harrison Barnes to the Sacramento Kings, in exchange for young wing Justin Jackson, and Zach Randolph, per reports from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Adrian Wojnarowski at ESPN:
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
These two teams have been rumored as trade partners for some time, as the Mavericks want to shed salary in order to be active this summer in free agency. Harrison Barnes, in his third season with the Mavericks, will enter this summer with a player option. Wojnarowski added that the Kings are interested in making a long term offer to Barnes, as they aim for a playoff spot this season.
The Mavericks will get the expiring contract of long time veteran Zach Randolph, plus the soon-to-be 24 year old Jackson, who was the 15th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. A wing who has played a reserve role for a season and a half in Sacramento, Jackson’s on his rookie contract that has a team option in the summer of 2020.
This story is still developing, and we’ll update here as we learn more. Continue to follow all our coverage here at Mavs Moneyball.
UPDATE: Holy cow. Harrison Barnes is a good teammate. Guy just loves to play basketball.