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Report: Kings working toward 4-year, $88 million deal with Harrison Barnes

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Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes will likely be staying with the team after declining his player option for 2019-20, and it looks like he’s going to get another massive contract worth nearly $90 million:

Harrison Barnes, 27, was traded to the Sacramento Kings midway through the 2018-2019 season after three-plus seasons with the Dallas Mavericks.

In 28 games with the Kings, Barnes averaged 14.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He was set to make around $25 million if he accepted his player option.

Securing Barnes will be the first step in free agency for the Kings, who are apparently going to let center Willie Cauley-Stein walk. The Kings are rumored to be interested in Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez and Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic as a replacement for Cauley-Stein.

Barnes won a championship with the Golden State Warriors before signing a four-year, $94 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks in 2016.

Sacramento boasts one of the youngest cores in the NBA, led by point guard De’Aaron Fox, shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, shooting guard Buddy Hield, and big man Marvin Bagley III.

Sacramento hired former Lakers head coach Luke Walton to lead the young core after letting go of Dave Joerger.

The Kings finished with a 39-43 record, falling just short of the playoffs.