Richard Jefferson advises Kings’ Harrison Barnes to ‘take that $25 million’
Richard Jefferson has unsolicited advice for Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes: Take the money.
Barnes has a player option worth $25.1 million for the 2019-20 NBA season. In the May 28 episode of ESPN’s “The Jump,” host Rachel Nichols asked Jefferson to give Barnes advice: should he take the money or hit the free agent market?
Jefferson had an immediate response. He told Barnes to take the money.
Take that 25 million dollars, young fella. I’ll tell you the same thing I would’ve told you 10 years ago: take that money. Twenty-five million dollars is something that’s guaranteed, put it in your bank, and then just hit free agency.
Plus, you have a new coach. There’s lots of different things going on.
The Kings acquired Barnes in a controversial trade with the Dallas Mavericks last February. In exchange for Barnes, the Mavericks received Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson.
The young Kings finished with a 39-43 (.476) win-loss record and missed the playoffs for the 13th straight year. However, they have a solid foundation with Barnes, Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein, Yogi Ferrell, and De’Aaron Fox.
Plus, they also have a new head coach in Luke Walton. He should help the Kings make a strong playoff push in the 2019-20 NBA season.
With Harrison Barnes' looming decision the subject of some chatter, here's what he said when I spoke to him after the Kings' season ended.https://t.co/L4HGjAezoD
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) May 28, 2019
Will Barnes stay with the Kings? Will he follow Jefferson’s advice? If he does, he should help Sacramento reclaim lost glory next season.