Mavs trade Harrison Barnes mid-game, get bashed by LeBron

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Harrison Barnes lived out most National Basketball Association players' worst nightmare on Wednesday night.

"So let me guess", James wrote in a caption accompanying an image of Barnes on the Dallas bench, "this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???"

Word of the trade started to leak during the Mavs' second half against the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.

Sacramento and the Dallas Mavericks agreed to a trade Wednesday night that will bring Harrison Barnes to California's capital.

The NBA can really be a ruthless business, and it just showed on full display on the eve of the trade deadline.

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James said he wasn't "knocking" the Mavs for doing "what you feel [is] best", but he wanted to make a point that if teams can take that approach with players, then the reverse ought to be acceptable, as well.

Those conversations have followed the 34-year-old throughout his career, from signing with the Miami Heat as a free agent in 2010 to his perceived role orchestrating fellow Klutch Sports client Anthony Davis' recent trade request to the Lakers. League rules prevent a team from acquiring a second player playing on a designated rookie extension, the contract signed by both he and Kyrie Irving in the past several years. Barnes had 10 points in the game.

The trade deadline has, somehow, still not passed.

And on Wednesday night, the King made sure to let us know just how ticked off he is with the National Basketball Association trade deadline a day away. That deal added the considerable 2019-20 season salaries of Hardaway ($18.1 million) and Lee ($12.7 million), seemingly inhibiting Dallas from making a significant summer acquisition.

Barnes was in his third Mavericks season and had been one of Dallas' top two scorers each year.

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