Pacific Notes: Barnes, Suns, Rajakovic, Kings

Harrison Barnes can hit the open market if he turns down his $25.1MM player option and the Kings would like to have him on the roster next season one way or another. If Barnes stays with Sacramento, it could be an indicator that the organization is on the upswing after years of perceived dysfunction, Jason Jones of The Athletic writes.

Kings’ management envisioned Barnes playing the small forward position when they traded for him at last season’s deadline. Dave Joerger had different plans, playing Barnes heavy minutes at the four spot next to Bogdan Bogdanovic at the three. Barnes at power forward also took time away from Marvin Bagley and made it more difficult for the rookie to rise to the starting lineup. Joerger has since been fired.

The Kings are hoping that their switch to Luke Walton as well as a renewed alignment between the coaching staff and front office will be viewed favorably around the league, particularly with agents. Here’s more from around the Kings and the Pacific Division:

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2 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Barnes, Suns, Rajakovic, Kings

  1. cesc

    Funny how many people thought firing Joerger was wrong, but if you rather play Barnes than Bagley… Well you deserve to be fired, right?
    Only worry is that Luke better come good & not do as bad as he did in LA, didn’t think it was a good choice.

  2. hoosierhysteria

    Luke was not the problem in LA. He will be fine with kings. Their roster has been getting better.

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