LeBron strongly reacts to Mavs' Barnes being traded mid-game

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 10, 2019

Harrison Barnes #40 of the Dallas Mavericks handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns on January 9, 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

The NBA trade deadline is tomorrow afternoon, so trades were obviously expected.

By trading Barnes, the Mavericks put themselves in position to acquire another front-line player to go with rookie sensation Luka Doncic and 2018 All-Star Kristaps Porzingis.

Basketball fans and NBA superstars, such as LeBron James, took to social media to address the Barnes swap.

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

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James posted a video of Barnes's reaction and wrote: "So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???" "Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea".

Barnes was traded for Kings forwards Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson.

Trading him is one thing, but they actually trading Barnes while he was on the court and still playing for the team. He's just a generally good dude.

The 19-year-old Slovenian finished with a team-high 19 points on 5-of-20 shooting - just 2-of-10 from beyond the arc - and added 11 assists and 10 rebounds. The figure could rise up to $40 million if Dwight Powell opts out of his deal. He was a frequent Dallas foe during his eight seasons with Memphis.

With Wednesday's win over Charlotte, the Mavericks improved to 25-28 and remain 11th in the Western Conference, while Sacramento is in ninth place with a 28-26 record.

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