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2019 NBA trade deadline: Harrison Barnes, Iman Shumpert react to Kings' moves

2019 NBA trade deadline: Harrison Barnes, Iman Shumpert react to Kings' moves

The NBA trade deadline is an emotional time for players, and not only the ones involved in the deals. 

On Wednesday, one day before Thursday's deadline at 3 p.m. ET, the Kings made multiple moves to improve their roster and possibly help push them into the playoffs. It all started with veteran wing Iman Shumpert. 

Prior to the Kings' game against the Rockets, Sacramento shipped Shumpert to the team it was playing in a three-way deal that also involved the Cavs. In return, the Kings received shooting guard Alec Burks from Cleveland, along with a future second-round draft pick.

Shumpert expressed his love for Sacramento and everything the Kings meant to him with a heartfelt tweet after the trade. 

The trade clearly impacted the Kings on the court, too. The Rockets ran all over them in a 127-101 loss later in the night at Golden 1 Center.

"He was great, especially for the culture he helped create,” De’Aaron Fox told NBC Sports California. “It was great chemistry, but in this business, a lot of things happen. Guys get traded, guys get moved around, but you still have to go out and perform."

But the Kings weren't done after trading Shumpert and acquiring Burks. Harrison Barnes is back in Northern California, this time in Sacramento instead of Oakland. 

Hours after the Shumpert trade, the Kings added Barnes in a deal with the Mavs that had Sacramento sending Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson to Dallas.

Barnes is excited for his next chapter with the Kings, and showed gratitude for the Mavs. 

But many people didn't like how and when Barnes was traded. The news was announced in the middle of Dallas' game, one in which Barnes was playing. LeBron James of all people wasn't happy about it

Despite the uproar of Barnes being traded in the middle of a game, it appears he understood what was going on and decided he still wanted to be on the court, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times.

Hold onto your seats. You never know what could happen in the NBA.

Kings reveal special court to honor 35th anniversary of Sacramento move

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Ali Thanawalla

Kings reveal special court to honor 35th anniversary of Sacramento move

It was 35 years ago when the Kings relocated from Kansas City to Sacramento. On Friday night, they honored the move by unveiling their "Classic Court."

The fan-favorite classic royal blue and red uniforms which the team sported from 1991 to 1994 while on the road are the color schemes for the floor. The court will also sport the original logo that was first used when the Kings moved to Sacramento in 1985.

"The new court is a near-identical recreation of the 1993-94 court used during the Mitch Richmond era," the Kings said in a press release. "The words “Sacramento Proud” runs along the sideline as a salute to the city and the fans the team plays for every night."

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This special court will be featured in 17 select games (the blue uniforms on the schedule) during the upcoming anniversary season and will be paired with the Classic and City Edition uniforms.

Kings' Buddy Hield, Vlade Divac share jovial moment amidst contract dispute

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Kings' Buddy Hield, Vlade Divac share jovial moment amidst contract dispute

SACRAMENTO -- Up until a week ago, there was nothing but positive vibes coming out of Sacramento. On a mission to snap their 13-year playoff drought, the Kings were focused on the task at hand.

That good feeling has been replaced by what has become a nasty contract extension fight for shooting guard Buddy Hield that has spilled into the media, almost on a daily basis.

While the fight behind the scenes may be contentious, at least from one side, there is still hope that something can get done before Monday’s deadline.

Following practice on Friday, Hield and general manager Vlade Divac were seen together chatting and laughing while cameras rolled.

It could mean nothing. It could mean everything. All is fair in love and war...and contract negotiations.

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The gap between the two sides is reportedly $20 million over the life of the contract. That’s a substantial difference in opinion when it comes to the contractual worth of a player.

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