Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki reacts to Harrison Barnes trade
After the Dallas Mavericks’ Wednesday evening’s contest against the Charlotte Hornets, Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki was asked about his former teammate Harrison Barnes, who was traded on the same night to the Sacramento Kings.
Dirk on traded teammate Harrison Barnes:
"He's just a genuinely good dude and he's obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life. That's the kind of guy he is."
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) February 7, 2019
There has been much talk that this season will be Dirk Nowitzki’s last in the NBA. The 40-year-old Mavs legend is on his last legs. He’s become a mere rotation player for Rick Carsile after enjoying several years under the spotlight as Dallas’ top star, playing 10.2 minutes per game while averaging 4.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 0.3 assists while shooting 34.4 percent from the field and 29.8 percent from beyond the arc.
For Barnes, it became about the size of his contract and fit with the team. As he became older, the organization did not see him as a part of their long term future.
The Mavs had acquired Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks for Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Mathews, DeAndre Jordan, and two future first-round picks. The team was focused on building their team around Luka Doncic.
Moving forward, their core will be Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Those two, along with whoever they acquire in free agency, are going to be one to fear for years to come.
The Mavs are now 25-28 and sit in the 11th seed of the NBA’s Western Conference. They will face off next against the Milwaukee Bucks at home this upcoming Friday.