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Matt Barnes
SF - 6'7, 226lbs - 44 years old - 14 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2017 season
  • Birthdate: 03/09/1980
  • Drafted (NBA): 46th pick, 2002
  • Pre-draft team: UCLA
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
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Articles about Matt Barnes

June 29, 2017

Matt Barnes
SF, 6’7, 226lbs, 37 years old, 14 years of experience

Came over late in the season to provide some wing defence, energy, athleticism (which is still in there even with all his years of experience) and spot-up shooting, but ultimately he wasn’t needed, McCaw does what Barnes does, and more, and will do it for longer.

Player Plan: Expiring minimum salary. Pretty much done, however.

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September 23, 2013

Matt Barnes & Darren Collison – Los Angeles Clippers

The two are listed together as they were both acquired via the non-taxpayer mid-level exception. On his first substantial multi-year contract, Barnes will earn $3.25 million next year with one further guaranteed year, while Collison gets the remaining $1.9 million.

Collison comes from Dallas where he was somewhat exposed as an average player. Given the opportunity to lead a team, especially down the stretch of games, he couldn’t. Collison added some dynamics to the position, as well as capable scoring, defense and drive-and-kick abilities, but he was asked to prove he could be a full time point guard, and all he proved is that he wasn’t. However, that doesn’t matter on the team that has Chris Paul. In L.A, all Collison needs to do is come in and be the perfectly average player that he is. He will be getting paid less to do this than players in comparable situations who have proven less (Eric Maynor, J.J. Barea, C.J. Watson), and could theoretically fill a Jarrett Jack-like role for a third of the price of Jarrett Jack.

Meanwhile, Barnes finally gets some overdue recognition, and will provide production on both ends in a way that the team’s other wings lack. His athleticism, disruptive defense, sufficient shooting and off-the-ball movement are surely perfect compliments to the Clippers roster, and they come at a very competitive price. Rather than using their MLE to sign one quality bench contributor, then, the Clippers used theirs to sign two. And that just doesn’t happen very often.

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