Clippers acquire Matt Barnes
Matt Barnes is going to stay in Los Angles, but it’s not going to be with the Lakers.
Hoopsvibe’s quick call: Signing Barnes is the latest move in the Clippers’ roster overhaul this offseason.
It was announced today that Los Angeles’ red white and blue squad has welcomed Matt Barnes to the organization, although terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.
It’s certainly been a busy offseason for the Clippers, as Barnes becomes the fifth new edition to the team, who also signed Lamar Odom, Grant Hill, Jamal Crawford, and Ronny Turiaf this summer.
Barnes is a nine-year veteran who has been playing in Los Angeles but with the Lakers for the past two years. He averaged 7.8 points, 2 assists, and 5.5 rebounds in 22.9 minutes per game for the purple and gold last season.
The 6’7" forward must love California. (So do I so I can’t blame him). He played his high school ball in Sacramento, played college at UCLA and has played on all four California-based teams over the course of his 9-year career. This will be his second go with the Clippers, playing 38 games with the team in the 2003-04 season. In addition to the Lakers, Clippers, Kings, and Warriors, Barnes has played for the Magic, the Knicks, the 76ers and the Suns. His best year was in Phoenix in the 08-09 season where Barnes averaged 10.2 points, 2.8 assists, and 5.5 rebounds in 27 minutes per game.
Barnes will be a solid role player for the Clippers, who are really working on their rebuilding effort to make them a serious western conference contender over the course of the next few years. Last season, the Clippers made the playoffs for the eighth time in their 42-year franchise history and posted only their second winning season in the last two decades.
Barring any more roster moves, it looks like Barnes will be fighting for time againts other forwards Caron Butler, Grant Hill, Lamar Odom and Trey Thompkins. With Hill getting older and Odom unpredictable, I imagine Barnes will be seeing some solid minutes.
Matt Barnes has averaged 7.3 points, 1.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game over the course of his career.
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