National Basketball Association veteran Harrison Barnes reportedly knew he was on the verge of being traded - but judging by his on-camera reaction, he didn't expect it the deal to go through in the middle of a game.
Harrison Barnes and the rest of the NBA received a strong reminder that basketball is a business on Wednesday when the Dallas Mavericks forward was shipped to the Sacramento Kings while he was still on the court.
In 48 starts for the Mavericks this season, Barnes has averaged 17.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
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.
Barnes was traded while he was in the midst of the Mavericks' game against the Hornets.
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"So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???", he wrote.
Dallas, who acquired Kristaps Porzingis in a trade last week, shipped Barnes to the Kings exchange for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph, according to The Athletic. I'm OK with both honestly. Little did we know that two of them would be involved in the same trade later that night.
"Just call a spade a spade!"
The Kings have been active in the lead-up to the deadline, also agreeing Wednesday to acquire Alec Burks from the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-way deal with the Houston Rockets. The Marion, Indiana native went on to earn All-NBA Third Team honors in 2010-11 after posting at least 20 points per game in three consecutive seasons.
The trade deadline has, somehow, still not passed.