National Basketball Association veteran Harrison Barnes looked just as shocked as everyone else when he learned during the middle of the game against the Charlotte Hornets that he was being traded to the Sacramento Kings. His total floor game stole the spotlight from All-Star Kemba Walker, who led the Hornets with 30 points.
Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph has been traded, along with Justin Jackson, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Harrison Barnes. Tim Hardaway Jr., acquired last week in the blockbuster trade that delivered Kristaps Porzingis to Dallas, made his debut with 12 points on 5-of-16 shooting. Trey Burke went scoreless in four minutes while Courtney Lee didn't play.More news: Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino Turn Down Grammys Performances
Barnes released a statement Wednesday night thanking the Mavericks organization.
Dirk Nowitzki started realizing something was up when Barnes didn't replace him early in the fourth quarter as usual with the 40-year-old playing a limited role in his record 21st season with the same franchise. Despite reports that Porzingis may take the qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent after next season, the truth is that Dallas knows a lot more than we do and it should be understood that Porzingis will be a Maverick for years to come. "Everybody else would have bounced out". He has appeared in 11 games for the Swarm, averaging 21.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 32.3 minutes per game. He's just a generally good dude.More news: High-Tech Capsule Could One Day Replace Insulin Injections
Hornets: G Tony Parker was out with a back strain in what would have been his first appearance in Dallas since leaving San Antonio after 17 seasons with the rival Spurs.
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