Kings news: Harrison Barnes declining $25.1 million player option, open to return to Sacramento
Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes has decided to decline his $25.1 million player option for next season to become an unrestricted free agent, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Though he has declined his option, Wojnarowski reports that Barnes and the Kings could work out a new deal over the summer:
Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes is declining his $25.1M player option and becoming an unrestricted free agent, his agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, tells ESPN. Barnes, 27, and Kings are open to exploring a new deal together this summer, sources said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 18, 2019
Barnes, now 27 years of age, signed a four-year, $94.4 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2016. The Kings acquired the former No. 7 overall pick from the Mavs at this year’s trade deadline.
At 6-8 and 225 pounds, Barnes would be a fine addition to most rotations. In his 28 appearances with the Kings this season, Barnes racked up averages of 14.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting from the field (40.8 percent from beyond the arc), 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 33.9 minutes per outing.
Sacramento finished the 2018-19 campaign with a 39-43 overall record, which left them just outside of postseason contention. Although they missed the playoffs, it was the most wins by a Kings team since 2006.
Whether or not Barnes will be with the Kings next season remains to be seen. Other teams will likely be interested in his services, but it sounds like Sacramento may want to work out a deal to keep him around.