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 agency market? He was on ESPN's "The Jump" with Rachel Nichols and Richard Jefferson recently to talk about what his plans are next summer.
Jefferson offered the "veteran" his own advice:
It didn't take long for it to appear Jefferson was pointing for Barnes to take the option. That $25 million a lot of money -- and it's easy money. And he would be able to avoid the drama free agency inevitably has to offer.
Around the time Mike Trout signed his 12-year deal that will pay him $35 million-plus per year, 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 have obviously since found teams, 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 the most they can do in these situations, especially when you're waiting for other players to announce what they plan to do and the entire free agency pool gets a look.
Now, the former All-Rookie is very trained in dealing with the media, so this could just be him being polite, but Jefferson was right -- there are so many factors involved into 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 with a .455 field-goal percentage.