Matt Barnes Wants To Come Back To The Lakers

Matt Barnes Is In Talks With The Lakers

9/3/12 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

April 17, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers small forward Matt Barnes (9) controls the ball against the defense of San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIREMatt Barnes is a free agent right now, and few teams have showed interest in him, but he's made it known that the Lakers are a team he's very eager to join.

This isn't shocking considering Barnes has his whole life in LA, and likes the limelight that comes with being a Laker. However, the Lakers have done a pretty good job of replacing the veteran player already, with people who will either equal or surpass his production.

Last season, the forward averaged 7.8 points, 2 assists and 5.5 rebounds in just under 23 minutes and was shooting 45 percent. Remember when everyone killed Kobe over his 43 percent field goal average? Yeah, Barnes was right there with him.

In the playoffs, when Barnes was really needed, he did even worse. Averaging 2.5 points in 16.8 minutes and shooting a ghastly 27 percent.

Compare his playoff stats to Devin Ebanks who averaged 4.1 points in 14 minutes, with a 41 field goal percentage. Ebanks didn't get a ton or regular season play, but as the season went on, it was clear that he could easily do what Barnes did with less of an attitude.

Currently, Barnes is working on getting rid of his legal issues regarding his recent arrest, and is hoping that someone picks him up. Even at the veterans minimum, Barnes would be getting $1.2 million since he's been in the league for 9 seasons. Ebanks singed a one-year contract for $1.4 million, and he's worth the extra money.

A key component to Ebanks over Barnes is that Ebanks is young on a team full of veteran players.

If Barnes comes back, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, but he isn't really necessary on this Lakers team as currently constructed.  

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9/12/12   |   Sdot

You article is misleading. Why didn't you mention that Barnes was coming off of a late season ankle injury going into the playoffs? The dropping of his numbers were a direct result of that ankle injury which derailed his seasons momentum. Prior to the injury he was the most productive player on the Lakers weak bench.