Harrison Barnes aiming to help Kings end playoff drought
Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes wants to end the franchise’s 13-year playoff drought.
“I’m definitely glad to be playing here long term with this team. I’m excited to grow and end this playoff drought,” the 27-year-old told James Ham of NBC Sports California.
The Kings traded for the 6-foot-8 forward at the NBA’s trade deadline last February, sending forwards Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph to the Dallas Mavericks.
Barnes re-signed with Sacramento this offseason to the tune of a contract worth $85 million over four years.
The former NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors also told NBC Sports that “it’s been a great experience” for him since his arrival in Sacramento. Barnes also thanked the fans and the Kings community for making it “feel like home.”
Barnes was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by Golden State, plugging into a then-emerging lineup featuring the All-Star backcourt of “Splash Brothers” Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Along with Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut in the frontcourt, Barnes and the Dubs won the franchise’s first title in 40 years in 2015.
After the Warriors’ defeat at the hands of James the next year, the Bay Area team signed All-Star forward Kevin Durant and Barnes left the team, signing with the Mavs in the offseason.
In 28 games this past season in Sacramento, Barnes averaged 14.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 33.9 minutes per game while shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from deep and 80 percent from the free throw line.
The Kings are hoping Barnes can continue to bring his veteran mentorship and championship pedigree to a young team featuring burgeoning stars De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III.