New acquisitions Harrison Barnes, Alec Burks expected to debut vs. Heat
Harrison Barnes and Alec Burks are expected to make their debut with the Sacramento Kings in Friday night’s home game against the Miami Heat, according to a report from Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Kings expect to have both Harrison Barnes and Alec Burks in uniform for tonight's game against the Heat. (10 p.m., Fox Sports Sun.)
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 8, 2019
The Kings completed two trades on Wednesday — one with the Dallas Mavericks and the other with the Cleveland Cavaliers. As part of the transactions, Sacramento dealt Iman Shumpert, Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph in exchange for Barnes and Burks.
Barnes, now 26 years of age, should be a solid upgrade at small forward for Sacramento. He’s in the third year of a four-year, $94.4 million contract ($25.1 million player option for 2019-20), but the Kings are hoping to keep him on-board next season.
In 49 appearances with the Mavericks this season (all starts), Barnes racked up averages of 17.7 points on 40.4 percent shooting from the field (38.9 percent from beyond the arc), 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 32.3 minutes per outing.
For the record, Barnes led the Mavericks in scoring each of the past two seasons, averaging 19.2 points in 2016-17 and 18.9 points in 2017-18.
Burks, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, should give the Kings a bit more flexibility on the wings, as he’s capable of playing the two and three spot.
Burks spent the majority of this season with the Cavs, where he became one of the team’s primary options on offense. In 34 appearances with Cleveland, the former No. 12 overall pick posted averages of 10.6 points on 40.3 percent shooting from the field (37.3 percent from downtown), 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 28.8 minutes per contest.
Friday night’s Kings-Heat game is scheduled to tip inside the Golden 1 Center at 10:00 p.m. ET. Let’s see how Sactown’s newest additions perform.