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Kings acquire Harrison Barnes from Mavericks for Zach Randolph, Justin Jackson

Kings acquire Harrison Barnes from Mavericks for Zach Randolph, Justin Jackson

SACRAMENTO -- Hold onto your hats, the Kings have made another move. Sacramento sent veteran big man Zach Randolph and wing Justin Jackson to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for forward Harrison Barnes.

Barnes, 26, is in his averaging 17.8 points on 39 percent shooting from long range this season for Dallas. At 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, the former Warriors first-round pick can play either forward position.

With the Kings going young, Randolph hasn’t played a minute this season for Sacramento. The 37-year-old is in the final year of a two-year contract he signed in the summer of 2017.

Taken with the 15th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, Jackson had played in 52 of Sacramento’s 53 games leading into Wednesday. The 23-year-old wing is averaging 6.7 points in 20.8 minutes per game, mostly with the second team.

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Barnes is playing under a $24.1 million deal this season and has a player option for next year at $25.1 million. With the move, Sacramento ate up most of its remaining cap space.

According to a source, the Kings see Barnes as a long-term fit with the team.  

This was Sacramento’s second move in a matter of hours on Wednesday night. They traded veteran Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets earlier in the day in a three-team deal that brought Alec Burks and a second-round selection from the Cleveland Cavaliers to Sacramento. 

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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