In case you forgot how brutal the NBA trade deadline can be, just ask Harrison Barnes, who was just traded by the Mavericks in the middle of a game. No, literally, he was traded while he was playing in a game for them.
Of course, the phenomenon made waves on the internet.
Harrison Barnes was on the court for the Mavericks when reports came down that he was traded. pic.twitter.com/YnqCbW3cuV
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 7, 2019
Harrison Barnes still hanging around the Mavs bench after getting traded pic.twitter.com/Nkij6KRKQE
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) February 7, 2019
Harrison Barnes just got traded to the Kings, per @wojespn
He’s currently sitting on the Mavs bench. This is awkward. pic.twitter.com/xFgF4YNGZ9
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 7, 2019
This is obviously a push by Sacramento to make the playoffs, and adding Barnes puts them a step closer. For the Mavs, it’s literally about creating some cap space, as it’s becoming clear the Mavericks want to make a run at a serious established star this summer to pair alongside Luka and Porzingis.
While not the most ground-breaking trade, it will have an impact on both sides, and to Harrison Barnes, who was mid-game when the news actually broke.