The Lakers have signed 30-year old small forward Matt Barnes to a 2-year, $3.6 million dollar deal. Barnes played in 81 games (58 starts) for the Magic last season and he averaged 25.9 minutes, 8.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He has now played in 444 games (162 starts) in his 7 years in the NBA and he has averaged 21.3 minutes, 7.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. Barnes took less money and playing time from the Lakers than he would have got if he signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But Barnes is hungry for a ring and that’s the type of player who fits right in with the Lakers. I love this signing for the Lakers.
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