New eligible Dallas Mavericks trade target: 2. Harrison Barnes
Barnes was teammates with superstar Luka Doncic during the 22-year-old’s rookie season. HB was Dallas’s leading scorer for the two previous years, but the teenager immediately proved to be the Mavericks' best player. In one of the team’s more head-scratching moves in recent years, they decided to trade Barnes to the Kings in a salary dump after acquiring Kristaps Porzingis.
They were afraid Barnes would accept his player option, and Dallas prioritized cap space, which they used to sign Seth Curry. The team should have kept Barnes, though. Versatile 6’8 forwards that can score 15 points per game and shoot 38 percent from 3-point range are difficult to find. Barnes was miscast as the Mavericks' top scorer, but he is a fantastic role player and complement to a superstar like Luka Doncic.
The Kings are shopping Barnes and Buddy Hield, and Dallas should be making the call on HB. He is an outstanding person that was active in the community along with being an incredible player. Barnes could be the team’s third or fourth scoring option, and they would benefit from his two-way contributions.
Barnes is under contract for $18.4 million next season. The Dallas Mavericks are not going to have money to spend in the summer as Luka Doncic’s historic extension kicks in, so acquiring a player with time left on his deal is a significant upgrade.