Monday , Aug , 06 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Perfect Fit: Golden State Warriors & Matt Barnes Back Together

His new contract only pays 3.5 million dollars for one season. He spent his first four NBA seasons living out of a suitcase, never knowing if the team would keep or cut him. And he averaged just 11 points and 6 rebounds last season. Yet Matt Barnes, the ultimate underdog, came to symbolize the underdog Warriors …

Janny Hu reports on the Golden State Warriors re-signing Matt Barnes:

Months after his "Believe" tattoo became intertwined with the Warriors’ playoff slogan, Matt Barnes is believing in himself again. Faced with an increasingly stingy free-agent market, Barnes is returning to Oakland on a one-year contract with hopes of scoring a bigger payday next summer.

The two sides agreed to terms, according to agent Aaron Goodwin, and Barnes is expected to officially re-sign today. League sources said Barnes will make $3.5 million, the remainder of the Warriors’ mid-level exception.

Barnes averaged career-highs across the board and was critical to the Golden State‘s postseason run with 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 30 minutes a game. But teams were reluctant to commit so much money to a player who earned the league minimum last year and has been on five teams in four seasons.

My Quick Take: His new contract only pays 3.5 million dollars for one season. He spent his first four NBA seasons living out of a suitcase, never knowing if the team would keep or cut him. And he averaged just 11 points and 6 rebounds last season.

Yet , the ultimate underdog, came to symbolize the underdog Warriors. Last spring, , with their frenetic pace and no fear attitude, pulled off a historic upset, defeating heavily favored Dallas in the first round. It was the first time a #8 seed had ever beaten a #1 seed in a best of seven playoff series.

Barnes, who enjoyed a breakout regular season, played a key part in the Warriors’ post-season upset. He drained three-pointers. He grabbed rebounds. And he balled like a journeyman who finally got an opportunity at some prime-time, ESPN shine. Barnes made the most of the spotlight, shaving out a distinctive Mohawk haircut, which helped him become the cult hero on an off-center, Cinderella team.

I wasn’t surprised he signed a one year deal. For whatever reason, Barnes and long-term security don’t go together. Look for the guard/forward to continue his fine play as a bench piece or spot starter. And then, he’ll get his long-term contract with Golden State or another team.

Collateral Damage: Barnes is in. could be out. The athletic swing is currently deciding whether to accept the Warriors’ one year qualifying contract offer. Pietrus could soon be dealt to the Heat.

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