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It’s official: Matt Barnes signs with Los Angeles Clippers

Sep 14, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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We told you this was coming and now it is official — Matt Barnes has signed to play with the Los Angeles Clippers this season, the team announced Friday.

Getting an athletic player who can defend on the wing for the league minimum is a good signing for the Clippers. While the official terms of the deal have not been released, trust me it is for the minimum.

The Clippers didn’t really need Barnes, they are loaded on the wing — Jamal Crawford, Caron Butler and Grant Hill all play the three, Chauncey Billups starts at the two guard spot (he doesn’t play point with the Clippers) and Willie Green is behind him. Plus, when they go small the Clippers have used Eric Bledsoe at the two. There are not a lot of minutes to go around on the wing.

But the Clippers do need more depth up front behind DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin (Lamar Odom is there but they need more). And when you have depth at one position and need it at another… not saying a trade is coming, just saying it is something to watch for.

  1. lakerluver - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Maybe he will do something for “the other” L.A. team because he sure didn’t do much for the LAKERS.

    • abchome - Sep 18, 2012 at 2:03 AM

      He will definitely do something to the “old” LA team.

  2. cakemixa - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Cue the Clippers fans who’ll come on here to talk about how the Clip show is going to win it all this year.

  3. mat9844 - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Of course we expect the Clips to win it all this year! I wouldn’t be much of a fan if I didn’t! Isn’t that what all fans wish for their teams and what makes it so much fun to watch??

  4. kingbeason52 - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    How many stories are you gonna report about this signing? Geez..he is irrelevant at this point of his career anyways

  5. paulhargis53 - Sep 14, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    lakerluver: Thank you for proving what a flaming hypocrite you are! On August 31st on the ” Barnes wants to stay with the Lakers ” thread, you stated

    Barnes is an ok player and sometimes shows flashes of being good.
    Now, on September 14th, “he never did anything for the Lakers”

    You’re a pathetic, homeristic, know nothing. Now we can add being a hypocrite to the list.

    You are a very bad fan and its a shame that we continue to have to see your drivel on here.
    Don’t you ever get sick of looking dumb on here? I’ve caught you on so much craps, you’d think you’d just slink away.

  6. lakerfan4life - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    I’m glad that M.B. was able to stay local, and that it didn’t upset his life too much. I always thought he was a good (enough) player for the LAKERS. I remember he took less money to come play here, to try to win himself a ring. I wasn’t real happy with the LAKERS not picking him back up this year, but I am happy with the team makeup as it now stands. Looks like there just wasn’t enough room on the roster to bring him back, even at the minimum.

    Now, what’s going on with D. Fisher?

    • camnellum12 - Sep 15, 2012 at 5:25 AM

      Are you lakerluver’s twin brother or did you make another account?

      But I don’t know why other Laker fans are writing off Barnes, yes, he didn’t make his 3’s in the post-season, but he was one of the most productive bench players from last season. I liked the energy he always brought and I like the scrappy approach he brought (didn’t he almost get into it with the Clippers in the January 25th game?). The Clippers have a really deep bench, it’s up to DeAndre Jordan and Vinny Del Negro to step up if they’re going to take it to the next level.

      • 00maltliquor - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM

        Exactly cam. I thought Barnes did just fine. Good D, hustled every game, 2nd chance points and rebounds galore. Dude rebounded like a PF, man he was active. I’m gonna miss him. Especially with Christian Eyenga gone (sleeper talent!) and if Trevor Ariz..ah…his younger brother from a different father Devin Ebanks doesn’t take the next step.

      • loungefly74 - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:11 AM

        i agree with cam and malt, losing barnes will hurt. he was one of the few bench guys with energy. he knew his role. also, i believed he had good chemistry with the other players (i saw that though could be wrong).

  7. paulhargis53 - Sep 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    pretty sure that’s lakerluver. I think its a feeble attempt to get away from the barrage he’s under. Yo know, if he wants to be incognito, he should probably NOT type the same way as last time, right down to the oh so Chilidish capitalization of the lakers. What a tool!

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