With less than 24 hours until trade deadline, the former Golden State Warrior star was enjoying himself on the court, posting a cool 10 points for the Mavs in their 99-930 win over the Hornets before he was completely blindsided. His total floor game stole the spotlight from All-Star Kemba Walker, who led the Hornets with 30 points.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 points in his Dallas debut after the blockbuster deal that brought Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks. Barnes remained on the bench to cheer on the Mavs for the rest of the contest.
While the trade was only officially announced after the game, news of it broke early in the first quarter when Barnes' agent, Jeff Schwartz, told ESPN's Paul Pierce the Mavericks were working on a move.
No plan to meet Xi before deadline
The US says it will raise tariffs on imports from China if they fail to reach an agreement by that deadline. US stocks fell sharply on Thursday as it became clear the meeting will not take place before the deadline.
"He's a better man than me, for sure", he was quoted as saying by The Associated Press. He's just a genuinely good dude and he's obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life.
Hornets: G Tony Parker was out with a back strain in what would have been his first appearance in Dallas since leaving San Antonio after 17 seasons with the rival Spurs. In his most recent appearance in Greensboro, the second-year forward tallied 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 35 minutes of play against the Erie BayHawks on February 5, 2019.
Dorian Finney-Smith recorded his second career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell each had 11.
Hornets: Second stop on a four-game trip at Atlanta on Saturday.