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REPORT: Harrison Barnes, Kings will finalize 4-year, $85 million deal that declines annually

Harrison Barnes, Kings

As expected, the Sacramento Kings will re-sign free agent forward Harrison Barnes. The 27-year-old forward is set to sign a four-year, $85 million deal that has some sort of a catch.

Barnes’ deal is set up to decline each year, which means that he will get the largest pay in the first season. This works for the Kings because it enables them to have some sort of extra cap space which they can use to add valuable pieces as they continue to work towards building a championship-contending team.

Barnes split last season playing for the Dallas Mavericks and the Kings. He averaged 16.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He was acquired by Sacramento on a trade deadline deal, and the fact that they’re bringing him back for the next four years is a testament to their confidence on what he can do alongside the young tandem of De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield.

Free agency is still far from over for the Kings, as they’re also expected to sign forward Dewayne Dedmon. They will probably make a couple more moves before the week is over.

There is no doubt that the Kings are one of the most promising young teams in the league. They may not be in the title picture right now, but if the front office will be able to make the right decisions and if their young guys will constantly improve, look out for this team to be a powerhouse in the West in the near future.

The future is bright in Sac-Town,