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RUMOR: Kings would love to have Mavs’ Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes

The Sacramento Kings would reportedly love to have Dallas Mavericks small forward Harrison Barnes on the roster, according Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Appearing on the Hoop Collective podcast, Windhorst says Sacramento — who has been rumored to wanting a scoring swingman — would be happy to have Barnes.

Harrison Barnes has played in 40 games for the Mavs this season. The 26-year-old is averaging 18.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 41.2 percent from the field, 40.3 percent from beyond the arc and 84.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Barnes signed a four-year, $94.4 million deal with Dallas in the summer of 2016 after spending the first four years of his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors.

Sacramento has been linked to Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. as well. The Kings, who are 23-21 on the season, appear to want to upgrade their swingman position to get more scoring help alongside second-year point guard De’Aaron Fox, who is putting up 17.9 points and 7.3 assists on the season.

Harrison Barnes is the definition of a volume scorer. He averages roughly 15 shots per game to score 18 points a night. He’s not the most efficient player, but he can put the ball in the basket and that’s a skill every team in the NBA needs.

There is no indication that the Mavs are looking to trade Barnes, but with the emergence of rookie Luka Doncic, Dallas could look to alter its roster to fully accommodate Doncic.