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Mavs create max slot by trading Harrison Barnes to Kings

Harrison Barnes

The Dallas Mavericks traded Harrison Barnes to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

In return, they they’ve freed themselves up a max option to sign down the road, per ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

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.