It soon became clear the forward had fallen victim to a last-minute trade, not uncommon in the frenetic final hours of the National Basketball Association trade period.
Rookie sensation Luka Doncic scored 19 points in his third triple-double, Dorian Finney-Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Mavericks made another move by dealing Barnes while beating the Hornets 99-93 on Wednesday night.
James posted a video of Barnes's reaction and wrote: "So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???" I'm ok with both honestly, truly am. When the Mavericks returned to court, Barnes was nowhere to be seen. It was a weird scene though seeing a player get traded in the middle of the game, watching his former teammates on the Mavs sideline minutes after finding out he was now a member of a different franchise.
Body from plane wreckage identified to be Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala
Argentine newspaper Clarin last month published a voice message that Sala apparently sent to friends while in the air. Investigators recovered the body on Wednesday and transported it to the Isle of Portland in southern England.
"He's a better man than me, for sure", Nowitzki said according to ESPN.
Randolph has averaged 16.6 points and 9.1 rebounds in 17 seasons with five teams. He's just a genuinely good dude and he's obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life. He thanked the Mavs on social media after the game.
As the first half of the season came and went and the back end of the Dallas Mavericks 82-game sprint began, it was clear that the team needed to change something.