Kings' Harrison Barnes receives free agency advice from Richard Jefferson


I only write about free agency, and even that can be a headache sometimes. To go through it as a player, I can imagine it being an exhausting and challenging experience.

Kings small forward Harrison Barnes has a decision to make: Does he take his player option, or does he decide to hit the free-agent market? It was a topic of discussion during his appearance on ESPN's "The Jump" with Rachel Nichols and Richard Jefferson on Tuesday.

Jefferson offered the "veteran" his own advice:

It didn't take long for Jefferson to make his feelings known, pointing for Barnes to take the option. That $25 million is a lot of money -- and it's easy money. And he would be able to avoid the drama free agency inevitably entails.

Around the time Mike Trout signed a 12-year deal that will pay him $35 million-plus per season, the seven-time All-Star made comments about the free agency market and how it's "not good for baseball" when Bryce Harper and Manny Machado weren't getting signed. The two obviously have found teams since, but the stressful game of free agency doesn't necessarily change across different sports.

I know, I made a baseball reference, but I can't help what I know. 

Nichols let Barnes off the hook to answer any additional questions, but in all actuality, taking it day-by-day is probably the best course of action in these situations, especially when you're waiting for other players to announce what they plan to do. 

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Now, Barnes is well-trained in dealing with the media, so this could just be him being polite, but Jefferson was right -- there are so many factors involved in making a decision like that. And when you play for a team like the Kings that has an extremely bright future, it makes the choice that much more difficult. 

Last season with the Kings, Barnes averaged 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 45.5 percent from the field. with a .455 field-goal percentage. 

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