Matt Barnes to stay with Los Angeles Clippers
The deal is worth approximately $11 million over three years. However, the signing was not officially announced by the Clippers since Barnes cannot ink the new deal until the July 10 deadline, according to NBA rules.
The Clippers used part of their $5.1-million mid-level exception on Barnes, which forces them out of the running for free agent power forward Carl Landry, since they no longer have the financial flexibility to sign him. Landry opted out of a $4-million contract deal with the Golden State Warriors and was reportedly seeing a similar value deal on the market.
The 33-year-old Barnes is another key re-signing by the Clippers. Guard Chris Paul agreed to terms on a new deal a few days before via Twitter.
Barnes provides the Clippers with a perimeter defender and bolsters their depth behind forward Jared Dudley, who was acquired from the Phoenix Suns in a three-way trade on Tuesday after the Clippers parted with Carson Butler. As part of that trade, the Clippers also gained guard J.J. Redrick from the Milwaukee Bucks.
The combination of Barnes, Dudley and Redick provides the Clippers with a formidable defensive group on the wings, while the team has also regained its versatility on the offensive end with Paul back in the fold.
The 6-foot-7, 226-pound Barnes posted a career-high 10.3 points, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks per game, with the Clippers. He also averaged 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 25.7 minutes per game, while shooting 46.2 percent from the field as well as 34.2 percent from the three-point range in 80 regular season contest in his 2012-13 campaign.
It had always been Barnes’ intention to re-sign with the Clippers, but he was looking for some stability after playing for eight different teams during his 10-year career and a chance to make more money after playing last season on the veteran’s minimum deal.
"I've been one of those guys the last three or four years that's always been a great bargain," Barnes said. "I've played for the mid-level and have played well but have yet to see a payday. Not to say that I'm asking for the world, but I'm definitely looking for a salary increase."