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LeBron James not a fan of how Harrison Barnes trade to Kings went down

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LeBron James not a fan of how Harrison Barnes trade to Kings went down

While the Kings were making a splash, their newest player was on his old team's bench.

Sacramento and the Dallas Mavericks agreed to a trade Wednesday night that will bring Harrison Barnes to California's capital. Yet Barnes finished the night in Dallas, subbing out of the Mavericks' game against the Charlotte Hornets with 3:11 remaining in the third quarter before staying on the Mavs' bench.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James made it clear in an Instagram post he wasn't a fan of how everything went down.

"[Dallas traded] this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea," James wrote. "I'm not knocking who traded him because it's a business and you have to do what you feel what's best [sic] but I just want this narrative to start to get REAL/CHANGE."

James went on to write that he saw a double standard with how people react to players changing teams in free agency or requesting trades -- often calling them selfish -- compared to their reactions when franchises ship out their own players.

"I'm ok with both honestly, truly am," James wrote in the post. "Just call [a spade a spade]!!"

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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. James is at the forefront of turning the NBA into a league where transactions are player-driven, but players still face criticism for trying to use that power.

Davis seemed to agree.

The trade deadline has, somehow, still not passed. 

Kings mock Lakers with Twitter post after beating Melbourne United

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Kings mock Lakers with Twitter post after beating Melbourne United

Don't say it if you can't take it.

The Kings finished their preseason slate in winning fashion Wednesday night, defeating the visiting Melbourne United of the NBL, 124-110. Sacramento toyed with its opponent early, and then had some fun at another team's expense after it was all over.

In posting the final score, the Kings' Twitter account posted a graphic with an accompanying shot at none other than the Lakers.

The message contained within the Kings' post is a direct reference to one posted by Los Angeles after a similarly meaningless preseason victory over the Warriors, in which the Lakers directed their warning to the rest of the NBA.

The reference was lost in translation, however, as the NBL didn't appear to pick up on the joke.

Complex ranked Sacramento's Twitter account as No. 1 among all of the NBA teams at the end of last season, and evidently, the Kings' social team didn't get rusty over the course of the offseason. They can't move any higher, but timely comedy like that will help ensure they remain in the top spot.

[RELATED: Hield continues to voice concern over Kings extension talks]

For those wondering, the Lakers didn't respond. They were too busy getting overly excited about another pointless preseason outcome.

Kings' Buddy Hield continues to speak mind on contract extension talks

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Kings' Buddy Hield continues to speak mind on contract extension talks

SACRAMENTO -- The Buddy Hield situation is reaching a fever pitch.

Hield wants to sign a contract extension with the Kings before the Oct. 21 deadline, but the sides appear miles apart on what that extension might look like.

While the Kings are staying quiet, Hield is using every opportunity to plead his case.

“I’m disappointed, but I don’t give a s--t,” Hield told NBC Sports California after the Kings’ win over Melbourne United on Wednesday night.

Hield has a dollar figure in mind, as does the team. According to an earlier report, there is roughly a $20 million difference between the sides.

“I just know where my value is at, and I’m not going to budge for nobody,” Hield said. “I work hard. I come in here every day and I do my job.”

When pressed on what it would mean if a deal doesn’t get done before the deadline, Hield tried to keep calm. He also made it clear that all of his options are open.

“It’s not frustrated, I’m just speaking to my heart,” Hield said. “I feel like people get mixed up with being frustrated. I’m just speaking what I believe and what I think. Like I said, there are 30 teams out there. If they don’t want to give me what I think I deserve, some team will give it to me. They’ll have the ability to match, or they’ll have the ability to let me go.”

Heild is a restricted free agent after the season, which gives the Kings a powerful position at the bargaining table. If they choose to extend a $6.5 million qualifying offer to the third-year pro, they can match any offer he receives on the open market.

The 26-year-old has the option of playing for the qualifying offer next season and entering the summer of 2021 as an unrestricted free agent, but that would be extremely risky.

Hield has been clear about his desire to stay in Sacramento, but at the same time, he feels like he is part of the core that has helped revitalize the franchise over the last year.

"The goal is to be here," Hield told a larger contingent of media. "I love Sacramento, but if they don't want me here, if they don't feel like I'm part of the core. ... I like respect and loyalty, and I feel like I'm part of the group that's getting the team back to where it needs to be."

At the moment, Hield appears insulted by the number the Kings have offered so far. Whether they can come to some sort of common ground is unknown, but because of the timing of the deadline, this situation has the potential to cause strife behind the scenes just days before the start of the regular season.

"Name one big free agent that came to Sacramento," Hield said in the scrum. "I've been here three years trying to grow the program, grow the organization, and I feel like I could be rewarded close to that. But that's just me. That's my gut feeling."

Hield's is the first of four major extensions the Kings have to work out over the next 24 months, including Bogdan Bogdanovic, De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley.

While Hield is sympathetic to the situation the Kings are in, he also can’t concern himself with that. He knows what he is worth, and he is pressing the team hard to make that happen.

“It’s all about value and where they see me as a player, and of course, if another young player comes up and they give them what they want, it shows how much they value me,” Hield told NBC Sports California.

Hield is confident he can push the stress of the situation out of his mind and focus on the task at hand when the regular season begins next week, whether he has a new deal or not after the deadline passes.

“My job is to go out there and ball each and every night,” Hield said. “Whatever jersey I have on, I’ll represent it to the fullest, that’s what I do. I came from nothing. I know what it’s like not to have something.”

[RELATED: What we learned in Kings' big win in preseason finale]

Hield led the Kings in scoring last season at 20.7 points per game, and he is considered a major part of what the team is building.

Unfortunately for Hield and the Kings, this is the business side of the game, and it can be treacherous. The clock is ticking and getting noisier by the day.