NBA Free Agency: L.A. Lakers Sign Matt Barnes

July 22nd, 2010 by Alexander L Leave a reply »
The Los Angeles have grabbed yet another free agent.  Yahoo Sports is reporting that Matt Barnes has inked a two year deal worth $3.6 million with the defending champions.  Barnes turned down an offer worth a reported $7 million from the Cavaliers.  Barnes brings expert shooting and stout defense off the bench to back up starter Ron Artest.  Luke Walton now becomes the odd man out and will probably be dealt in the coming months.

Matt Barnes is a proven vet but his story is even more interesting.  Matt Barnes, previous to his stint on the Golden State Warriors, was having an abysmal NBA career.  However, this changed once Don Nelson discovered Barnes while he was contemplating a move to the NFL.  His stint on the Golden State Warriors gave him a chance to play for a winning team: the same team that beat the Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 playoffs.  From there Barnes bounced around the league once more but he was no longer considered a garbage player.  Barnes' most recent stint was on the Orlando Magic: Barnes was able to help the Magic reach the Eastern Conference Finals for a second consecutive year.  However, the loss to ...

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