Report: Kings have 'shifted to seller mode' as Harrison Barnes rumors heat up

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Report: Kings have 'shifted to seller mode' as Barnes rumors heat up originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Sacramento Kings ended the first half of the 2020-21 NBA season with only two wins in their final 10 games before the All-Star break.

These struggles caused the Kings to plummet to 13th in the Western Conference standings and increase the chances of the franchise's playoff appearance drought extending to 15 years.

The Kings' pain could be the Celtics' gain as the March 25 trade deadline approaches.

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One player who could be on the move is Kings forward Harrison Barnes, who's been linked to the Celtics in several trade rumors over the last month or so.

Sam Amick of The Athletic reported Wednesday that the Kings have gone into "seller mode" as a result of their lackluster play in recent weeks.

Amick also wrote that a potential Barnes-to-the-Celtics trade is one that "so many front office folks around the league believe could be coming."

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Barnes is among several players the Celtics could target with their $28.5 million trade exception.

The Celtics need additional depth for a playoff run. They've been relying too heavily on All-Star forwards Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Marcus Smart should be returning to the lineup after missing more than a month with a calf injury, and second-year swingman Romeo Langford also is expected to return soon, but adding another quality scorer would really upgrade this roster.

Barnes is enjoying a very good season in Sacramento. He's averaging 16.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 39.2 percent from 3-point range. The 28-year-old veteran also has plenty of playoff experience and won a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015.

Barnes likely won't come cheap, but his skill set would be a tremendous addition to the Celtics' roster as the team looks for upgrades before the 2021 playoffs.