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RUMOR: Kings view Harrison Barnes as a long-term fit

Harrison Barnes

The Sacramento Kings, who just acquired Harrison Barnes via trade, intend to keep the forward for a long-term tenure.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Kings see Barnes as part of their long-term future. The 26-year-old has a player option worth $25 million for the 2019-2020 season.

Barnes was the seventh overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2012 NBA Draft. He spent four seasons with the Warriors and was an intrinsic part of the championship run in 2015 and their 2016 regular season where they notched an NBA record, 73 wins.

Come summer of 2016, Barnes inked a four-year, $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks. He instantly became the team’s go-to scorer.

In his first two seasons, he averaged 19.2 points per game and 18.9 respectively. This season, he’s averaging 17.8 points per game.

This is the latest deal sealed by the Kings who recently acquired Alec Burks from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-way trade with the Houston Rockets. In effect, the Kings have made their roster a lot younger.

Their oldest player is Nemanja Bjelica who’ll turn 31-years-old by May.

The Kings have some $10.5 million of cap space which they will use to get Barnes. In addition, they’ll have an additional $21 million if Barnes opts in.

If he declines, the Kings will then have $45.2 million in cap space.