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Report: Matt Barnes agrees to three-year deal to stay with Clippers

Jul 5, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

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The Clippers look like a deep team that just keeps getting deeper. You know that puts a smile on Doc Rivers face.

Matt Barnes is going to return to the Clippers with a three-year, $11-12 million deal (total), reports Marc Spears at Yahoo Sports.

Barnes averaged 10.6 points a game in just less than 26 minutes a game for the Clippers last season. Barnes is dangerous in transition and in an up-tempo game, but is less of a threat in the half-court as he shot 34.2 percent from three (below the league average) and 37.5 percent from the midrange.

However, he can defend and has an all-around game that has value off the bench in a limited role. Which is what he will have with the Clippers backing up Jared Dudley (who is a bigger, better jack-of-all-trades kind of player).

This is a solid pickup for the clippers at a fair price.

  1. ji8888 - Jul 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    LOL 11 million a season. Clippers and Sterling at their best.

    • danielgmz - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      it’s 11million over the three years… smh

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      That’s the total value of the contract, not the per year average.

  2. bucrightoff - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    No articles about the insanity that Golden State is doing? Looks like they might be the Dwight winners.

  3. magic407 - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I think they meant the deal was overall 11-12 million ji8888 … Barnes is great spark of the bench, but will never see that type of pay.. especially with Blake making 16mil and DeAndre makin a hair short of 11mil himself… Come on man! LOL!

  4. lbsizzle - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    I think Barnes fits the Clips perfectly and it’s great he will be back. Bledsoe was a big reason the Clips bench was good last year, but Barnes was (arguably) just as important. He brings D and great energy.

  5. banggbiskit - Jul 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    4 mil a year for a player this good is a steal. Barnes was not only one of the better Clippers last year, but he was stone, cold, MONEY in the playoffs last season. He was a tremendous bright spot in their brief playoff run last year.

  6. abchome - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    I like Matt Barnes, but nearly $4 million a year is too pricey IMO. Hope that he can at least keep last year’s production.

  7. jimsjam33 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    I think this is great news . The Clippers have a solid bench and the additions of Dudley and J.J. Reddick make the Clippers one tough hombre amigo ! DeAndre Jordan remains the big question mark . Will he play to his potential or fade when the going gets tough . I expect answers and decisions from Doc Rivers even before the season starts .

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