LeBron James attacks National Basketball Association hypocrisy after Barnes learns of trade mid-game

LeBron James attacks National Basketball Association hypocrisy after Barnes learns of trade mid-game

The 26-year-old forward was subbed out and remained on Dallas' bench for a short time before heading back to the locker room after he was informed of the move.

"He's a better man than me, for sure", said Dirk Nowitzki, the longtime face of the Mavs who frequently raved about Barnes' character and work ethic.

With that pending transaction as the backdrop, James dished out a dose of player-powered reality for the National Basketball Association. He claimed to be "ok with both" teams and players acting in their respective interests, and just wanted to "call a spade a spade", using spade symbols in his caption.

He joins the Kings after spending the last two-plus seasons in Dallas, where he was averaging 17.8 points (.406 FG%,.390 3pt%,.833 FT%), 4.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 49 contests this season, all starts. "It is a dynamic business and you deal with things as they happen". Suddenly a free agent, he signed with the Mavericks and was a dependable starter for them, right up until Wednesday.

Randolph, a 37-year-old veteran center/forward, is in his 17th National Basketball Association season. The former North Carolina Tar Heel added that he was "excited for the next chapter", with the Kings.

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LeBron James took to Instagram on Wednesday to point out the hypocrisy of teams trading players vs. players requesting trades.

"He is a special guy", Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.

The trade deadline has, somehow, still not passed.

With Barnes off the books, Dallas can get close to having a max salary spot available this summer.

The Kings want to make a long-term play to keep Barnes, who has a player option on his $25 million deal for the 2019-20 season, sources told ESPN.

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