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Harrison Barnes Trade Rumors: Kings Forward Drawing 'A Lot of Interest' From Teams

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 25, 2021

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes (40) runs up court in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Saturday, April 10, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes could be on the move this offseason.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski discussed the Kings' potential plans this offseason around the 1:38 mark of the video below and reported Barnes is generating trade interest.

Barnes still has two years and $38.6 million on his contract.

Wojnarowski posited Sacramento is looking to end its 15-year playoff drought in 2022. With that in mind, it's unclear whether the Kings woud look to flip Barnes for salary relief or another experienced contributor at a different position.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported the Kings and Los Angeles Lakers have thrown around a trade involving Buddy HIeld and Kyle Kuzma. Were Kuzma to head north to Sacramento, it might give the team more incentive to move Barnes elsewhere.

The 29-year-old is coming off a solid season. He averaged 16.1 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 49.7 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Barnes has acclimated well to a role away from the ball. According to Basketball Reference, he had a 24.9 percent usage rate during his two-and-a-half years with the Dallas Mavericks. That number has fallen to 17.1 percent in Sacramento.

The 6'8" forward also has the size to play multiple positions, including operating as a small-ball 5 when teams want to emphasize shooting over size for stretches.

Those traits all make him an attractive option for a playoff contender.

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