Kings’ Harrison Barnes undecided on player option for 2019-20
Sacramento Kings small forward Harrison Barnes hasn’t decided if he’s going to pick up or decline his player option for the 2019-20 season.
Barnes is scheduled to make $25.1 million next season. If the swingman declines his player option with the Kings, he would become an unrestricted free agent this summer:
Harrison Barnes says on ESPN he hasn't told the Kings if he plans to decline his player option and he's taking it day-by-day … would make $25 million if he does not decline his option.
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) May 28, 2019
The Kings acquired Barnes from the Dallas Mavericks at the February trade deadline. Barnes averaged 14.3 points in 28 games with the Kings while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Sacramento missed the playoffs this season, but they won 39 games, the most wins by a Kings team since 2006. The future is bright for the Kings, as they have point guard De’Aaron Fox, big man Marvin Bagley III, shooting guard Buddy Hield and forward Harry Giles as the young cornerstones.
Barnes signed a four-year, $94.4 million contract with the Mavs in the summer of 2016. The Golden State Warriors let him walk since they needed cap space to sign Kevin Durant. Odds are Barnes will pick up his player option with the Kings. He’s not going to get more than $25 million on the open market this summer since there are so many superstars entering free agency.
Sacramento hired former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton as Dave Joerger’s replacement. Barnes and Walton were together with the Warriors.