Matt Barnes signs with Clippers
On Wednesday, Matt Barnes told the Los Angeles Clippers that he would agree to sign a contract with them. The contract details have not been released.
The last team that Barnes played for was the Los Angeles Lakers, but only had a one-year contract. The Lakers didn’t consider resigning him because of his disappointing performance in the playoffs, reports SI.com, which first reported the deal.
According to CBS Sports, during the regular season, Barnes averaged 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while playing 22.9 minutes per game.
That wasn’t bad, but when the playoffs came around, his stats dropped significantly due to an ankle sprain. His playoff stats were 3.9 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 16.7 percent from the three-point line, reports the LA Times.
Lakers head coach Mike Brown talked about Barnes playoff performance to the Orange County Register. “You look at any stat sheet and see he is struggling, especially from the 3-point line. Me not allowing him to play through those spells probably hasn’t helped his confidence,” he said.
As a Clipper, Barnes will have to prove himself in order to get any playing time or to even make the final roster. The Clippers currently have Caron Butler, Grant Hill, and Travis Leslie registered.