The Kings acquired the 26-year-old small forward on the eve of the trade deadline in a deal that sent Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph to Dallas. In his first 20 games with the Kings, Barnes averaged 15.1 points, shot 40 percent from 3-point range, played lock-down defense on some of the game’s most prodigious scorers and provided intangible benefits with his leadership, experience, poise and versatility. “He’s a guy who can go in the post and score (or) isolate on the perimeter, especially at the elbows,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “I like having him being able to see where everybody is, make an open 3 and defend some of the bigger (small forwards) in our league.
And, obviously, he’s a very professional guy, a high-character guy and a terrific guy, and a fun guy to coach every day.”