Mavs create max slot by trading Harrison Barnes to Kings
In return, they they’ve freed themselves up a max option to sign down the road, per ESPN’s Zach Lowe.
After trading Barnes for Jackson ($3.28M next season) and Z-Bo (expiring), the Mavs are just about in the max cap space ballgame depending on if/where they pick in the draft.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 7, 2019
As part of the deal, the Mavs are receiving an expiring contract of Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson’s $3.28 million for next year.
What makes this a significant move for Dallas, who recently acquired Kristaps Porzingis in a blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks, is the Mavs’ abrupt opportunity to sign another max player very soon.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Mavericks now have $13.1 million in room to either use at the trade deadline or up until June 30. They now project to have $30 million in room for 2019-20, and that number could increase to $40 million if Dwight Powell opts out of his contract.
For the time being, the team gets a capable shooter in Jackson and a veteran workhorse inside with Randolph.
Jackson is averaging 6.7 points, 1.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds a game in his second year with the Kings, while Randolph is putting up 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Barnes, who is set to have his $25 million player option picked up in the 2019-20 season, as the Kings are reported to have long-term interest in the 26-year-old small forward.
Barnes is currently averaging 17.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in his seventh NBA season.