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As expected, criticism came rolling right along, with Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James leading the way. He is now averaging 17.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

Part of the reason for James' frustration could be the backlash against Davis, after he requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.

"But I just want this narrative to start to get REAL/CHANGE and not when a player wants to be traded or leaves a Franchise that he's a selfish/ungrateful player but when they trade you, release, waive, cut etc etc it's best for them!"

The Kings received forwards Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph from Dallas in exchange for Barnes, who is averaging 17.8 points this season. You haven't seen him play because the Kings are young and play a fun fast paced version of basketball that has relegated Z-Bo to the role of a mentor.

"Just call a spade a spade!" He will join a Sacramento team (28-26) on the cusp of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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Following the game, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle praised Barnes as a "model pro" and "one of the most improved players in the game".

Barnes could accept that player option and return to the Kings next season for $25 million. "He's a professional, so I'm sure he's going to fit in ideal".

The Lakers have reportedly been trying to acquire him before Thursday's deadline, while the Boston Celtics are also believed to be interested. At 6-foot-9, 250 pounds, he is a big body that can give Sacramento a different look against some of the league's stronger post players. Nemanja Bjelica is the oldest and doesn't turn 31 until May. The Marion, Indiana native went on to earn All-NBA Third Team honors in 2010-11 after posting at least 20 points per game in three consecutive seasons.

Barnes is no sure bet to opt-in next season.

Information from ESPN's Bobby Marks was used in this report.

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