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Matt Barnes looking for a payday in free agency after career-best season with the Clippers

May 9, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

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Throughout his 10-year NBA career, Matt Barnes has always been more of an agitator than an asset.

There’s a reason Barnes has played for nine different teams during that span, and had never been able to secure a long-term deal at any time when given multiple chances at free agency.

Besides his underwhelming numbers, Barnes has a well-deserved reputation as a hothead and borderline dirty player who has let his emotions get the better of him more than once to the detriment of his team.

Barnes wasn’t without issue this past season with the Clippers, and was suspended in early February for this shot he delivered to the Timberwolves’ Greg Stiemsma. But overall, Barnes played the best basketball of his career, and was an important part of the Clippers finishing the regular season with a franchise-best 56 wins.

Once again, Barnes finds himself in the land of unrestricted free agency. And while he’d like to return to the Clippers next season, he’s going to look for a payday above all else.

From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

“I’m going to sit down and talk to my family and see where the market’s at,” Barnes said. “I’ve been one of those guys the last three or four years that’s always been a great bargain. I’ve played for the mid-level and have played well but have yet to see a pay day. Not to say that I’m asking for the world, but I’m definitely looking for a salary increase.”

“I had a great season with the Clippers and my family is very comfortable here in L.A.,” Barnes said. “So the Clippers are going to be one of my top choices, but we’re looking for a pay increase.”

Barnes has career earnings in the neighborhood of $12.5 million (via Basketball Reference), which is low for a 10-year NBA veteran. If he can get a multi-year deal on the open market after having his best and most impactful season as a professional, it would be hard to see him passing it up.

Barnes averaged a career best 10.3 points, to go along with 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 25.7 minutes per game for the Clippers this season. He also had a monster performance in L.A.’s last game of the season, pouring in 30 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in his team’s Game 6 loss to the Grizzlies.

  1. acdc363 - May 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Good one Barnes!

  2. pacific123ocean - May 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Good luck on that.

  3. jpaynethemayne - May 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    heroin is expensive

  4. dirtydrew - May 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Good luck Matt. You deserve a big payday.

  5. jbeagles23 - May 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    He’s a decent role player. Not worth much though

  6. aboogy123456 - May 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Matt Barnes is the ultimate team player and any team would be lucky to have him. He plays defense, hits the open shot, and he works his butt off. He always tries to make the right play no matter what and he is a true professional. People see his tattoos and think he’s some sort of punk or psycho, but he’s the type of role player you see on championship teams. I hope he gets a nice pay day

  7. moseskkim - May 9, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    He’s worth at least 5. As much flak del negro got for being a horrible coach, he did give barnes all the confidence and leeway to play without thinking he’ll get taken out after a bad shot or play. I personally don’t think he’s talented at all but his hustle is worth some dough for sure.

  8. backdoc2013 - May 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Matt Barnes had a great Year…Hustled his A$$ off…Hit Big 3 pointers…Played great D ,Added mental and Physical toughness to the Clips….Deserves a Big Raise. GM Chris Paul I’m sure will Re-Sign him

  9. badintent - May 10, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    He shot the 3 well this season and played great D. So he’s off to the Knicks, replaces K-Mart.He gets paid too, nice $$$ and can talk to someone on his own level, J.R. !!!

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