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Report: Matt Barnes nearing deal with Los Angeles Clippers

Sep 12, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

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Well, at least Matt Barnes may not have to go shopping for a new house.

Barnes spent the past couple seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers but he wasn’t likely to stick around with the team next season — his minutes dried up in the playoffs as his three-point shooting went cold, then he was arrested in the offseason on an outstanding traffic warrant (something that may not be serious but certainly doesn’t help his case). He said he was still talking to them, but the Lakers didn’t seem to be listening.

However, the Clippers were, according to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated.

Sources say the 32-year-old is strongly leaning toward joining the other inhabitants of Staples Center, and a deal could be formalized later this week. Barnes turned down a more lucrative deal with Cleveland two summers ago to sign with the Lakers at the behest of Kobe Bryant, and it appears a similar superstar dynamic could be in play with the Clippers and Chris Paul.

Paul, who carries more Clippers clout than ever these days because of his looming free agency in 2013, has been included in the team’s decision-making process throughout the summer and would love to make Barnes the latest addition. He appears on the verge of getting his wish. The Clippers re-signed a Paul favorite in point guard Chauncey Billups earlier this summer, secured a five-year extension with forward Blake Griffin and also added the likes of scorer Jamal Crawford, veteran small forward Grant Hill and reliable big man Ronny Turiaf.

Amick is being gentle here — Paul and his agents at CAA are running the Clippers’ player moves like it’s Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks. A lot of moves the Clippers are making are designed to keep Paul happy — and that means get him to re-sign with the team when he becomes a free agent this summer.

But if Paul is recruiting that is a big plus — like all of us, players want to be wanted. Fellow players recruiting can work if the money is about the same.

It’s not like the Clippers have a big need on the wing — they have Jamal Crawford and Grant Hill at the three, Chauncey Billups and Eric Bledsoe at the two. That’s pretty good depth already so minutes are not easy to come by here.

Barnes is still talking with the Lakers, Heat and Nets according to the report, but the Clippers may be the front runners. Wherever he signs, we are talking about a veteran minimum or close to it deal.

At that price Barnes, with his defense and athleticism off the bench, provides a good value to the Clippers. Even if they are already loaded at the wing.

  1. footballgod87 - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Pretty sure Jamal Crawford is a 2. With Caron Butler as the starting 3

  2. 00maltliquor - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    What world are you living in where Jamal Crawford is a 3? and Eric a 2? Maybe out of necesity because CP3 plays damn near the whole game and a young and rising talent like Bledsoe needs minutes, but he certainly isn’t a 2. Aparently there’s a different realm you travel through that we’re all not hip to, another dimention where, you know, Evan Turner is a 4…

  3. 00maltliquor - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    No one here that reads PBT is going to agree with this, but, damn the Clippers are deep…as is, Matt Barnes would just be hoarding at this point. I love the squad they’ve put together. LAL vs. LAC games are going to be epic! So excited. I want the season to start NOW.

  4. lakerluver - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    If Barnes goes to the Clips I can guarantee you he and Kobe will “throw down”! Barnes is a major a**hole and Kobe ain’t having it!! Can’t wait!!

  5. dwirk - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Basically the clippers are signing all former laker players, brilliant!

  6. jerdogthompson - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Hay dwirk. Actually the opposite is true. Both Lamar and Matt were Clippers prior to becoming Fakers.

    The same holds true for Blake but I’m certain u knew that didn’t ya?

    Fact of the matter is LA is a destination and now the Clippers are considered an equal period.

    I agree, wish the season started tomorrow.

  7. datdude14383 - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    good lord people still say the “fakers”

  8. jerdogthompson - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    I use Fakers as that is about the only adjective I can muster that will pass the NBC sports moderator. So yes.…

    All this conjecture and speculation and Dwight had her first real practice today. Mark these words, I don’t care how good these Fakers are on “paper”. There is NO CHAMPIONSHIP this year period. Just breathe deep and accept your fate. You will feel refreshed and unburdened after doing so…

  9. gphilli33 - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Go Clippers!!!

  10. cpcfan - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    While I can’t stand this guy it’s nice to have a guy with a chip on his shoulder. The depth this squad is building is great..Olshey who?

  11. fnc111 - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:16 AM

    It was the Toronto Raptors not Cleveland Cavs that Barnes turned down two years ago. 2 years 10 million is what he passed on.

  12. paulhargis53 - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    They aren’t going to throw down you tool.
    How often does that happen with Kobe?
    It only happens when someone plays tight defense and frustrates him.

    Barnes is an end of the bench guy, he won’t sniff the court when Kobes out there.

    By the way, thanks for showing your hypocrisy once again.
    Barnes= great on the Lakers
    Barnes= as*hole on the clippers

    God you are a biased, homeristic, loud mouth , know nothing jerk off.

  13. rocirius - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    I like what the Clippers are doing these days. I won’t be surprised if they win their division next season.

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