Thing Dallas Mavericks wish they could redo: 2. Barnes trade
During Luka’s rookie season, the Mavs made two massive trades that completely reshaped their roster. The four opening-night starters around Doncic were traded at the deadline as Dallas quickly tried to jump from rebuilding to contending. Their first deal made sense on paper, but the second one did not.
The Mavericks sent Harrison Barnes to the Kings for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph. Randolph was out of the league by that point, but Sacramento was still paying his contract. Jackson averaged just 16.4 minutes per game in Dallas, and he was never an impactful contributor.
Harrison Barnes is still a versatile forward capable of stretching the floor, scoring 16 points per game, and playing stout defense. He is the perfect complement to Luka Doncic, but the Mavs were worried he would pick up his $25.1 million player option in the summer of 2019, and it would kill their cap space, but Dallas did not sign a meaningful contributor anyways.
The Dallas Mavericks should regret trading Harrison Barnes for nothing, and they would certainly redo that move. Barnes has trade value, so the Mavs should have been in no rush to give up on him, even if he was slightly overpaid for the role he could fill.