Harrison Barnes

Source: Kings don't have 'remorse' over Harrison Barnes contract

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Source: Kings don't have 'remorse' over Harrison Barnes contract

The Kings currently face a predicament that often befalls NBA teams possessing a litany of young talent after many years of consecutive lottery picks.

However, the Kings made a significant investment this summer in a player who was not one of those lottery picks when they extended former Warriors and Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes.

Sacramento ponied up $85 million over four years to lock Barnes up this offseason, but now the team reportedly is lamenting the decision with younger stars like Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox seeking their own financial windfall.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Friday that the Kings have already “expressed some remorse” on the Barnes contract, citing league sources. 

However, a league source told NBC Sports California's James Ham that the Kings have no such feelings about the contract they gave the young wing this summer.

This feels like a case of an agent trying to create leverage over a team.

Hield has been vocal in recent weeks about his desire for a lucrative extension with Sacramento, but he and the Kings’ management reportedly remain millions of dollars apart.

The 26-year-old Hield certainly has played well enough to earn a significant payday, finishing last season shooting almost 43 percent from beyond the arc despite taking almost eight three-pointers a game.

General manager Vlade Divac has his hands full with Fox, Hield, Marvin Bagley, and Bogdan Bogdanovic all looking at a hefty pay raise when it’s all said and done. It's a young core the Kings no doubt want to keep together, with Barnes and Hield being a big part of their future plans.

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But there is little to no chance the Kings can afford to keep all of their talented young core together, and with Barnes locked up on a guaranteed deal for the next four seasons, look for either Hield or Bogdanovic to be on the outside looking in with regards to a new contract in Sacramento.

Kings' Harrison Barnes generously pays for Atatiana Jefferson's funeral

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Kings' Harrison Barnes generously pays for Atatiana Jefferson's funeral

Harrison Barnes signed a long-term contract that will keep him in Sacramento for the next four seasons, but before he joined the Kings, Barnes spent two-and-a-half years in Dallas as a member of the Mavericks.

The Kings forward still feels a connection to his previous home city, and that was extremely evident through the generous gesture Barnes and his wife made to the family of Atatiana Jefferson, a Dallas-area woman who recently was shot and killed by a police officer while in her own home.

Jefferson had been looking after her eight-year-old nephew when the officer, Aaron Dean, arrived at her open-door home and opened fire without announcing he was a policeman. The 28-year-old Jefferson was shot and killed, and Dean since has been charged with murder.

It's a terrible, heartbreaking situation for Jefferson's family, and Barnes sought to make things easier on them during these trying times by paying for her funeral.

"The biggest thing is, anytime someone has to go through that, the last thing you want to have to worry about is trying to come up with the money for a funeral," Barnes explained Thursday. "It's about the family, it's about everything they're going through. Our prayers are obviously with them, and it was a gesture my wife and I wanted to do for them.

"It was unfortunate. It should never happen," Barnes continued. "Just in general, gun violence in Dallas, recently. Andre Emmett, a guy that I played pickup basketball with for two-and-a-half straight summers -- another unfortunate incident. So when you see these type of situations continue to occur, you know that change needs to happen."

Barnes understands that while he's a basketball player by profession, he has a role to play that goes beyond the court.

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"I think that any time you come to a community, whether it's Sacramento, whether it's Dallas, whether it's Oakland, Chapel Hill or Ames, you always have a piece of that community that's with you and you always want to try to give back."

Why Kings' Harrison Barnes already has leg up on Luke Walton's offense

Why Kings' Harrison Barnes already has leg up on Luke Walton's offense

Healthy competition is the key phrase of the Sacramento Kings’ 2019-20 training camp. With multiple quality options at every position, the Kings are deep and ready to compete for a playoff spot in the crowded Western Conference.

New additions mean players will fight for minutes in training camp and throughout the preseason. While the competition will be fierce, there are a few players on the roster who will play major minutes when the regular season opens up on Oct. 23.

“It’s exciting, I think that’s what makes a team better, that’s what allows competition to occur,” forward Harrison Barnes recently said to NBC Sports California. “Over the course of the season there is always so much that happens that depth is really one of the most underrated things you can have.”

Barnes might not know the exact number of minutes he’ll play, but he is expected to start at small forward and is a lock for 30-plus minutes per game.

In preparation for the season, Barnes took part in Team USA festivities, including trips to Australia and China for the FIBA World Cup.

“USA is obviously a great honor to play,” Barnes said. “It wasn’t the result we wanted, but I definitely learned a lot -- developing those relationships, being around those coaches. I’m excited to just come into this season ready to go.”

Barnes spent time with both De’Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley at Team USA camp. He went on to play in the World Cup for the national team, while both of his young Kings teammates opted to stay home.

The veteran forward is coming into training camp in incredible basketball shape after playing until mid-September with Team USA. Kings coach Luke Walton will monitor his minutes, along with Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Bjelica and Cory Joseph, who also spent time playing for their respective countries.

Barnes joined the Kings last season for the final 28 games after a trade from the Dallas Mavericks. He instantly jumped into a starting role with Sacramento, but he welcomes a training camp and preseason schedule that will give him a better opportunity to get comfortable with his teammates.

“It’s good to be able to have this training camp, for a number of reasons,” Barnes said. “One, to develop that chemistry, but two, just to have everyone spend that time together. We’ve all traveled and done a lot of things this summer separately, two or three of us collectively have done some stuff, but having all 17 guys in the gym working towards a collective goal is something we’ve all been anticipating.”

Sacramento has an abbreviated schedule to implement Walton’s game plan. They started with a three-day camp, but the team boarded a plane for India on Monday evening where they’ll spend nearly a week visiting owner Vivek Ranadivé’s homeland, as well as playing two preseason games against the Indiana Pacers.

“For us, more mentally than physically, we have to be keen on what we’re learning,” Barnes said. “We’re not going to have the practice time that other people might have. We aren’t going to have the experience that other teams might have of being together, but mentally, if we can lock into things that we need to lock into, I think that’s going to be what prepares us the most.”

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Barnes has a leg up on most of his teammates. He spent time with Walton when the two were members of the Golden State Warriors during the 2015-16 season. Walton led the team to a 39-4 record filling in for head coach Steve Kerr. Barnes started 59 games that season for the 73-win Warriors.

“The biggest thing with Luke is you need to be ready to read and react and pick things up on the fly,” Barnes said. “I think he’s done a good job, kind of taking guys to the side, talking with them, giving them a feel for what they prefer -- what things they don’t like, what things they want to do differently.”

The Kings invested heavily in Barnes over the summer when they signed him to a four-year, $85 million contract. Walton will use him at both forward positions and will rely on the 27-year-old to be a coach and leader on the floor.