LeBron James unloads on hypocrisy of National Basketball Association trades via Instagram

Harrison Barnes usually lingers after home games.

A seven-year National Basketball Association veteran, member of the 2015 Golden State Warriors championship team and 2016 Gold Medalist in the Rio Olympics as part of Team USA, Barnes has accrued career averages of 13.5 points (.446 FG%,.371 3pt%,.795 FT%), 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 30.6 minutes per contest through 512 games (450 starts) with Golden State (2012-13 - 2015-16) and Dallas (2016-17 - 2018-19).

"I'm ok with both honestly, truly am", James wrote in the post.

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

With the trade deadline looming on Thursday afternoon, the National Basketball Association was in a bit of a frenetic state Wednesday evening, and nowhere was that more evident than at American Airlines Center, where Barnes's Mavs were taking on the Hornets. He knew there was a chance the New Orleans Pelicans would decide against immediately honoring his trade request, especially once it became apparent league-wide that he plans on signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2020 regardless.

James said he wasn't "knocking" the Mavs for doing "what you feel [is] best", but he wanted to make a point that if teams can take that approach with players, then the reverse ought to be acceptable, as well. Barnes spent four seasons with the Golden State Warriors before joining the Mavericks in 2016.

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Barnes didn't deserve this kind of treatment from Dallas.

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.

Throughout the 2018-19 season he has averaged 17.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists through 48 games.

On Barnes' trade to the Kings, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlise addressed the deal post-game.

Barnes is no sure bet to opt-in next season. The cap hit for Sacramento is $24.8 million this season and $25.1 million for 2019-20.

  • Lawrence Cooper