Although he isn't the biggest name available on the market, Harrison Barnes could receive a very lucrative deal this summer.
Free agency opens this weekend, and the Sacramento Kings are clearly prioritizing their own players. Barnes opted out of the final year of his contract, which allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent.
He was scheduled to enter the final year of his four-year deal worth $94 million from the Dallas Mavericks. The franchise sent him to Sacramento prior to the 2019 trade deadline.
Many people questioned Barnes' decision to decline his player option, but he actually made the right move.
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Kings intend to offer Barnes a four-year deal worth roughly $90 million when free agency begins.
Barnes would make slightly less money per year, however, the former UNC star would have long-term security.
In 28 games with the Kings, Barnes averaged 14.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. His production went down slightly due to all the depth on the roster.
Sacramento hasn't made the playoffs since 2006, but that could change if management continues to build around its young core.
De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley have become the foundational pieces for the franchise. Clearly, the Kings' front office also has high expectations for Barnes.
We'll find out if Barnes decides to re-sign with Sacramento or pursue other opportunities starting on Sunday.