Kings Rumors: Harrison Barnes Nearing 4-Year, $88M Contract with SACJune 28, 2019
Harrison Barnes and the Sacramento Kings are working on a deal that would be in the range of $88 million over four years, according to KHTK Sports 1140's Carmichael Dave and the New York Times' Marc Stein.
Barnes declined a $25.1 million player option for the 2019-20 campaign earlier this month.
That decision officially put an end to the four-year, $95 million max contract he signed with the Dallas Mavericks in 2016.
Sacramento acquired Barnes in a deal that sent Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph to Dallas. While the midseason trade was unable to halt the Kings' 12-year playoff drought, Barnes performed well with his new team.
Barnes averaged 14.3 points per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from three-point range.
He finished the year on a strong note, shooting 48.9 percent overall and 45.7 percent from distance in March and April combined. Still just 27 years old, the 2012 seventh overall pick proved to be a good fit alongside 2017 fifth overall pick De'Aaron Fox.
Barnes said on ESPN's The Jump in May that playing for the Kings—who went 11-17 following the trade—was "fun."
It was apparently enough fun for him to want to return for more. While he would reportedly earn a lower average annual value than his player option, he would gain additional security in the form of a multiyear deal.
Of note, new Kings coach Luke Walton was a member of Steve Kerr's coaching staff with the Golden State Warriors from 2014 to 2016. Walton and Barnes' time together in the Bay featured a pair of Finals appearances (2015 and 2016), a championship (2015) and an NBA-record 73 regular-season wins (2015-16).