Kings forward Barnes opts out of contract for next season

Harrison Barnes averaged better than 16 points with the Kings and Mavericks this past season.

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes has decided to decline the player option in his contract and enter free agency, agent Jeff Schwartz told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Barnes was traded to the Kings from the Dallas Mavericks during the season. He was due to earn $25.1 million next season.

According to Wojnarowski, Barnes and the Kings are expected to at least contemplate negotiating a new deal. (The Kings hold Barnes’ Bird rights.)

Barnes, 27, averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 rebounds this past season. Those numbers won’t likely get him the $25 million that he opted out of for next season, but Barnes could receive a longer deal from either the Kings or another suitor.