Kings’ Joerger working on how to best utilize Barnes

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

While players face challenges when they are acquired by a new team, so, too, do coaches when a new player joins their squad.

Such is the case for Dave Joerger of the Sacramento Kings, who traded for Harrison Barnes from the Dallas Mavericks last week.

“I’m still learning what to do,” Joerger told Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee. “How much I do I want to play Harrison at (small forward)? How much at (power forward)? And what do the matchups look like? And I need to get it done sooner than later because we’re not going to find a rhythm if I don’t figure it out quickly.”

Barnes has played both the three and four during his career, 48 percent of his career minutes coming at three and 50 percent being played at four. With the Mavericks, he played mostly power forward.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Joerger, who added he has wanted Barnes on his team for years, said. “You want to be as versatile as we can be at times. It’s going to be a little bit on the run, as we know, and it’s tough on me, but guys are playing as hard as they can and that’s all you can ask as a coach. And it’s on me to figure some of that stuff out.”

Barnes, 26, is averaged 17.3 points and 4.3 rebounds while with Dallas this season.