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Matt Barnes would like to stay with Lakers, but it’s not likely

Aug 31, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes is one of those players who seems a little too good to still be out there as a free agent, not snapped up by some teams. Maybe even a return to the Lakers — his defense, willingness to work off the ball, and athleticism seem a fit with Steve Nash and some of the things the Lakers will be doing.

But it’s not likely to happen, the Lakers have been pretty clear they didn’t plan to bring Barnes back. Even though Barnes wants it to, as he told TMZ in an interview (Lakers role players end up on TMZ — and you wonder why people want to play in L.A.). Ben Golliver of Eye on Basketball watched TMZ so you don’t have to (hat tip to IamaGM).

“I’m actually a free agent right now,” Barnes said in a video interview. “So [the Lakers] are one of the teams we are talking to. There are a couple of other teams. Hopefully we’ll get this arrest situation out of the way so I can go ahead and move forward with my career.”

Barnes was arrested for an outstanding traffic warrant and resisting arrest in the Los Angeles area city of Manhattan Beach.

That doesn’t help his cause, the Lakers were not making a big move to bring him back before that. Suffice to say that after a couple of years with the Lakers Barnes is more popular with fans and teammates (he is liked in the locker room) then he is with management.

That said, he averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds a game in nearly 23 minutes a game for the Lakers, and he plays solid defense. There are teams that could use a veteran like that. Someone will pick him up before or during training camp. It just likely will not be the Lakers.

  1. lakerluver - Aug 31, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Barnes is not a bad player. He showed glimpses of even being a good player while in L.A. However, his inconsistency was maddening. He got wide open shots and couldn’t knock them down. Antawn Jamison will make those shots. Hopefully!

  2. dougmanoh - Aug 31, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    I hate Barnes.

  3. genericcommenter - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    Well, he did have a career year the last time he played with Steve Nash. So we already know what kind of fit he is, or at least Steve Nash knows.

  4. cosanostra71 - Aug 31, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    I would definitely like Barnes back. He isn’t as good as MWP obviously but he has a similar defensive energy that is good for the team.

    • sellahh - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:04 AM

      i must have missed the time when mwp suddenly became good, lol

      • xonxrocket - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        You must be 7 years old

  5. 00maltliquor - Sep 1, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    I would love to have him back but we got no roster spots open.

  6. chicagofan - Sep 1, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    He is good back up player but an idiot who will continue to get arrested and I would let him go.

    • sellahh - Sep 1, 2012 at 6:06 AM

      i cant help but have the feeling you’d jizz your pants if bulls signed him

      • chicagofan - Sep 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

        Only if he was reincarnated as MJ.

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