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
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
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
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
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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