Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

National Basketball Association trade deadline: LeBron James calls out loyalty double standard, again

National Basketball Association trade deadline: LeBron James calls out loyalty double standard, again

LeBron James highlighted the hypocrisy between a team trading a player and a player asking for a trade in an Instagram post about Harrison Barnes getting traded to the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings sent second-year forward Justin Jackson and veteran forward/center Zach Randolph to the Mavs for Barnes. Barnes, who scored 10 points through the third quarter, chose to remain on the bench and support his soon-to-be-former teammates.

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.

National Basketball Association veteran Harrison Barnes reportedly knew he was on the verge of being traded - but judging by his on-camera reaction, he didn't expect it the deal to go through in the middle of a game. He's just a generally good dude. I'm not knocking who traded him because it's a business and you have to do what you feel what's best.

Barnes was traded while he was in the midst of the Mavericks' game against the Hornets.

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

Part of the reason for James' frustration could be the backlash against Davis, after he requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans. A great influence on the team, also in this community.

"I am going to miss him an bad lot", Carlisle said. He has a $25.1-million player option for 2019-20.

Randolph can still contribute as a relentless rebounder and capable scorer from the forward position, as he put up 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 2017-18, before sitting out this entire season. I think everybody knows how close we were. "But just from [scouting], he's always on the scouting board". The Lakers have reportedly been trying to acquire him before Thursday's deadline.

Jackson was drafted by Sacramento with the 15th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of North Carolina, where he helped guide the Tar Heels to a National Championship as a junior after earning ACC Player of the Year, Consensus First Team All American and First Team All-ACC honors.

The trade deadline has, somehow, still not passed.

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