James also asked people to call a spade a spade.
The NBA trade deadline comes to an end Thursday at 3 p.m.
James thinks it's hypocritical for fans to have no problem with teams making moves like this to do what's best for them while players get negative publicity for demanding a trade to improve their situation. He knew there was a chance the New Orleans Pelicans would decide against immediately honoring his trade request, especially once it became apparent league-wide that he plans on signing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2020 regardless.
Despite the massive success Golden State has enjoyed with Durant, including two straight National Basketball Association titles in which he has earned Finals MVP honors, this season has seen some turmoil on the team related to the strong possibility that he will depart this summer, with many viewing the Knicks as his likely destination. "It is a dynamic business and you deal with things as they happen".
On Barnes' trade to the Kings, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlise addressed the deal post-game. The former North Carolina Tar Heel added that he was "excited for the next chapter", with the Kings. "I got word of it during the game and so that is why he didn't play down the stretch, obviously". He's a special guy. Barnes was on the court, and the game was tied at 68, but Charlotte took an unrelated timeout moments later.
The Mavericks now have $13.1 million in room to use at the trade deadline or up until June 30.
Barnes was in his third Mavericks season and had been one of Dallas' top two scorers each year.
The 26-year-old forward inked a four-year, $94-million contract with the Mavericks in 2016 and is earning $24.1 million this season with a player option worth $25.1 million next year.