Thursday , Jul , 23 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Orlando signs Matt Barnes, but wants ‘The Mohawk’

Such ‘swag’ could benefit the Magic. Recently, the club lost Hedo Turkoglu, a clutch closer and leader, to Toronto through free agency. Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis aren’t capable of filling the emotional void, while Dwight Howard is developing a leader. Barnes won’t take big shots, but will bring fire and intensity. Stats won’t count for much with Orlando. Sure, he’ll chip-in with near double figure points, some rebounds, assists, and defense. Instead of numbers, Van Gundy will want Barnes to bring toughness and an identity to a squad that after making the NBA Finals won’t get much respect …

Orlando signs Matt Barnes, but wants 'The Mohawk'