LeBron James unloaded on the hypocrisy of National Basketball Association trades via an Instagram post on Wednesday. He was informed of the trade and didn't return to the game, though he remained on the bench and cheered his ex-teammates to a 99-93 victory.
"I'm ok with both honestly, truly am", James wrote in the post. "Just call a ♠️ a ♠️!"
The Kings have been active in the trade market leading into Thursday's trade deadline, making a deal earlier Wednesday night to acquire Alec Burks from the Cleveland Cavaliers while trading Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets. The Pelicans are paying Davis to be on the court, and it would be another PR nightmare for the league office if one of the game's best players was forced to sit out a third of the season while healthy.
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. By all accounts, Barnes was a class act and has been a good player for years, but his contract had become an inconvenience so the Mavericks jettisoned him.
Barnes started and had three points in 17 minutes in the first half.
Barnes, 26, is averaging 17.3 points and 4.3 rebounds on the season.
Barnes left the arena without speaking to reporters, but he subsequently posted a message thanking the Mavs' organization and fans "who have made Dallas feel like home for last 2.5 seasons!" Barnes has a player-option on his $25 million deal for the 2019-2020 season.