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Report: Matt Barnes agrees to sign with L.A. Clippers

Sep 13, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

Matt Barnes

We told you yesterday that Matt Barnes looked done with the Lakers but was close to a deal to stay in Los Angeles with the Clippers.

Now comes this tweet from Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated:

Source says Matt Barnes has informed the Clippers he will sign with them.

Nothing is ever final until ink is on paper, but this sounds like it will be a reality. And at a veteran minimum price this is a good value for the Clippers, if not a need.

The Clippers are now loaded at the wing spot — they have Jamal Crawford, Caron Butler and Grant Hill at the three, Chauncey Billups, Willie Green and Eric Bledsoe at the two (although Bledsoe plays a lot of backup point). Plus, Lamar Odom can play on the wing some. So good luck finding some minutes in there, Barnes. And have fun setting the rotations, Vinny Del Negro.

But Chris Paul was in on the recruiting of Barnes, and right now what Chris Paul wants — bringing Billups back, for example — he gets as they try to keep CP3 happy heading into next summer when he is a free agent.

The Clippers have depth, they made moves this season that will make them a better team. But the real key to their success will be DeAndre Jordan stepping up and how they deal with front line depth issues. Barnes is not a huge impact just because there are not that many wing minutes to go around.

Still, Barnes is a Clipper and at a minimum deal that is a nice pickup.

  1. cakemixa - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    lol, CP3 is going to leave the Clippers despite all the “recruiting” he is doing, just as he did in New Orleans.

    • dls612 - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      He May not go anywhere with all those nice pieces around him! Don’t screw it up clippers

      • cakemixa - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        Sorry, I forgot how close the Clippers were to winning it all last season. Matt Barnes is definitely the missing piece. The difference maker. My bad.

  2. omniusprime - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Probably best for the Lakers to dump hot headed Barnes who has been more of a liability than a champ the past two years. Barnes needs to learn to chill out his attitude of he’ll end up warming the bench instead of playing. Go Lakers #1 !!

  3. 20dollardinners - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Cp3 isn’t going anywhere. What a stupid comment.

  4. oside760 - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    good for defense. but i hate how every article you guys write about the clips has to end with, “its up to deandre to step up his game.” deandre will be fine. clips will smash. there’s a new team in LA. watch out

  5. ebrownwareagle - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Clippers are just that The Clippers! There’s a reason this franchise consistently drafts in the lottery. Clippers are a fad kinda like the skinny jeans here today, but they will be gone tomorrow. The Lake Show on the other hand is the 8th wonder of the World. Historic Legacy past present future. Going nowhere!

  6. jtmmack - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    I remember when this came into the leauge a little nobody and after bouncing around the leauge he has this fake tough guy attitude whose game does not match. He is nothing but a wanna be thug punk.

  7. chargerzz - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Glad he’s off the lakers

  8. paulhargis53 - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Lmao! Listen to all this garbage about being glad he’s gone….. Last year he was so great and integral part of the team.

    What a bunch of hypocrites. Not suprising though.

  9. dougmanoh - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Clippers should leave the extra backcourt players off the team. They need front court talent. Why didn’t they resign KMart? He was playing crunch time minutes at the five last season.

  10. jerdogthompson - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Yeah. So close to winning it all last year the Clippers were, douche..…

    Fact of the matter is they man handled the team that ended your season 3 out of 4 games last year. According to my accounts it’s the same team but upgraded.

    Oh yeah, Laker throw always right? Last I checked, Lamar & Matt were Clippers before they were Fakers. Oh yeah, Blake as well. Who’s taking who’s throwaways?

    Keep the trash talking up as it only makes everyone who reads these posts understand what type of fan the Fakers attract. The fact you think by putting Nash & Dwight on the team vaults you to a championship caliber team only proves you lack a basic understanding of the game.

    The only difference between this year and last is Griffin will Mozgov Dwight instead of Gasoft. That’s it……… let’s hear from all the Faker fans out there.

  11. cheers4ablumpkin - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    He’s so odd looking with them tats

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