National Basketball Association trade deadline: LeBron James calls out loyalty double standard, again

Elena Summers
February 8, 2019

But the fact the Mavericks were playing a game against the Charlotte Hornets when Barnes found out made it a bit. well, awkward.

The 26-year-old is averaging 17.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 48 appearances this season. Michelle Beadle then reads LeBron James' Instagram post in which he rants about Barnes' mid-game trade.

"But I just want this narrative to start to get REAL/CHANGE and not when a player wants to be traded or leaves a Franchise that he's a selfish/ungrateful player but when they trade you, release, waive, cut etc etc it's best for them!"

"I'm ok with both honestly, truly am", James wrote in the post.

James also asked people to call a spade a spade.

The post was liked by Anthony Davis, who has been at the center of trade talks for nearly two weeks since he requested to be dealt by the Pelicans.


Of course, Barnes wasn't actually traded during the game.

Barnes was traded for Kings forwards Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson.

"I had a chance to speak to him before everyone got in the locker room [after the game] and thanked him for over two-and-a-half great years of being a model pro and being one of the most improved players in the game". The four-time MVP said players are labeled as "selfish" when they ask for a trade, but that organizations don't face the same criticism for their decisions. "But just from [scouting], he's always on the scouting board".

Jackson was drafted by Sacramento with the 15th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of North Carolina, where he helped guide the Tar Heels to a National Championship as a junior after earning ACC Player of the Year, Consensus First Team All American and First Team All-ACC honors.

The Kings will use their remaining $10.5 million of cap space to acquire Barnes.

Barnes is no sure bet to opt-in next season.

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