NBA veteran Harrison Barnes knew he was being traded ̵
When the Dallas Mavericks was in the middle of a game against Charlotte Hornets when the Sacramento Kings deal was announced, Barnes was unfortunately forced to sit in the basketball court for the rest of the game: warming the bench for a team he was no longer a part of … but that he was still a technical member of.
Cameras captured Barnes 26, who sat on the bench in the fourth quarter Wednesday, and his surprised response was widely shared by the social media.
The cover was seen on the floor for a moment after the game ended and chatting with a pair of Hornets players before going through a bunch of fans, he wanted to say goodbye to the seventh-year-old player.
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Barnes was traded to King's forward Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson.
Basketball fans and NBA superstars, like LeBron James, went to social media to counter Barnes swap.
James wrote a video of the Barnes reaction and wrote: "So let me guess it's cool because they had to do what was best for the franchise right? Did this man act while he was literally playing in the game and had zero idea. I do not knock who acted him because it is a business and you have to do what you feel is best, but I just want this story to begin to become REAL / CHANGE and not when a player wants to Be acted or leave a franchise as he is a selfish / ungrateful player, but when dealing with you, releasing, declining, etc., it is best for them! I am ok with both honestly. Real is. "
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Barnes released a statement Wednesday night thanks Maverick's organization.
"I will never forget how the incredible fans in this city held it down at AAC every game, win or lose. Excited at the next chapter @Sacramento Kings, Barnes wrote.