Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 2:30 pm  |  67 responses

Lakers Signing Matt Barnes?

Yahoo!‘s sources say Barnes is off to Hollywood if Cleveland doesn’t offer more money: “Unless Cleveland raises multi-year offer that starts around $3.5M, Matt Barnes will sign a 1-year, $1.7M deal with Lakers.”

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  • Raeniel

    Man, raptors ALWAYS needs to get burned. I guess people get a change of heart once they really know how cold it is up in Canada.

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Sucks for him, the guy has never been paid his worth. But it’s just great for the Lakers bench.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    Although he has never gotten paid his “worth” he is still a goddamned MILLIONAIRE. So, it isnt that bittersweet of a contract.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Rick Fox 2010

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Why just one year in LA? Are they so sure that this their last championship run cause Phil’s gone after this season? Weird.

  • nicko

    that’s an awkward locker room with Kobe vs. Matt Barnes and Ron Artest

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Damn is Chris Childs next?

  • Robb

    NBA players: if you enjoy fighting Kobe the Lakers have a place for you.

  • WangChung

    Cavs need to move fast. Please don’t let the Lake show get him.


    he should sign with LA.not a lot of $$, but hey its a championship team.why not play with Kobe?

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Not a lot of $$$???

  • Conduit

    I like this pick up..

  • Yesse

    Might be good. They should also consider T-Mac. Depending on how much is he asking.

  • 6marjons

    eugh someone else give him an offer please?

  • Hurricane

    PG: Fisher
    SG: Bryant
    SF: Artest
    PF: Gasol
    .C: Bynum
    PG: Blake
    SG: Vujacic
    SF: Barnes/Ebanks(Hopefully we sign him)/Walton
    PF: Odom/ Caracter(Hopefully we sign him)
    .C: ?

  • unrel

    @Eboy.. i thought the same.. assuming this is true.. maybe it’s all they can offer this year.. and gives him a chance to re-negotiate after the season.. or to find a bigger contract elsewhere.. and not locking him up for 3 years making peanuts (nba salary wise) but if i was barnes.. and no one is paying.. i might as well find a place to win..

  • unrel

    @hurricane.. i actually like walton and sasha.. sasha in 08 was deadly.. and closing out games with the starters.. he just needs some luck with health.. walton.. he’s hot and cold with me.. he’s perfect for the offense.. and is a great practice guy..

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    No need for another big, we’re ok with Caracter and Mbenga backing up Gasol, Bynum and Odom.

  • T-Money

    Really good signing for LA. He’ll be their 8th man first wing off the bench. In Miami, he would have been 9th or even 10th in the rotation (behind Z, Haslem, Miller and possibly Arroyo or Jones because of his shooting)

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Also if we bring Barnes i think Brown is gone. I’ll take Blake and Barnes over Farmar and Brown any day.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Maybe they bring in Gerald Green now for athleticism and shooting for the cheap since it looks like Brown is gone.

  • LD

    Kobe is the anti-LeBron. Instead of joining superstars, he kicks the 3-time MVP off his team. Instead of joining his beast friends, he recruits his worst enemies.

  • LD

    * Sorry, 3-time Finials MVP.

  • Erika Badu

    Make it happen!

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Funny one ld, but true. Kobe tries tto befriend the guys that play him the toughest, ron, raja, barnes. In 06 he even tried to recruit bown, not

  • Aaron

    Co-sign KD! So sick.

  • Aaron

    And by KD I of course mean, LD…

  • Conoro

    Ridiculously talented. Much more talent than anyone else in the League. Why can only a few people realize this?!?

  • javy

    And we keep getting better!
    Hell yeah!!!
    next season we can snatch a Rose-CP3 kind of pointguard and we can steal a couple from the three amigos.
    Jajja, funny how everybody already gave them 3-4 championships to Miami…jjajjaja
    they don’t consider injuries, chemistry, boston, and lakers on the way.
    they think is automatic.
    Let’s bring it….Lakers are lifting while those clowns put make up on for their next appearance.

  • http://null.com Reemo

    SF: Barnes/Ebanks(Hopefully we sign him)/Walton
    PF: Odom/ Caracter(Hopefully we sign him)

    Really not that scarry. A couple of rookies, the offensively challenged Matt Barnes, and Lamar Odom who disappeared in the Finals

    Nah, try again

  • unrel

    i have LO a mulligan for this season.. newly weds almost-always have a messed up season.. in any sport..

  • kh

    I LOVE this pick up!

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  • Reflex

    Reemo it’s not ‘scary’ per se bu the thing is ifBarnes does sign, the Lakers’ bench (b2b Champs) just got a HUGE upgrade, Caracter & Ebanks have been standout players in the SLeague. Rolling out Barnes-Blake-Odom/Caracter-Ebanks/Walton-Vujacic is at least 4.7 times better than last year’s goon squad.I hope we can pull this off

  • Drew

    Do it Mitch!! Close this deal quick!!

  • Hellface

    LD, your anti-Lebron analysis is amazing! If Cleveland doesnt want to see LeBron win a championship with another team, they should not increase their offer and let the Lakers have him. That is their best option.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com Don

    Matt Barnes should have stayed in Orlando.

  • Rusty

    Wow the Lakers are strong this season, if things go the way that i see it in my head then its going to be an awesome final series.

  • KB_24>NBA

    When KOBE defeats Miami’s “BIG 3″ he will surpass MJ as the G.O.A.T! On another note D Wade said that everytime has had a big 3 b4 check the history, I see he’s a coward trying 2 make an excuse 2 fall back on when they Lose. He said every1′s had a big 3, who was tha lakers big 3 for there 1st 3 titles? Shaq,Kobe an Fisher? Or shaq kobe an horry? Shaq kobe an glen rice? Lol How about The Bulls when MJ won his titles? MJ, Pippen and Kucoc? MJ Pippen and Luc Longley? Or MJ pippen an steve kerr? Lmao Wade I used to respect you but now your a joke !

  • KB_24>NBA

    **I meant 2 say every team!

  • socal.s

    I hate Matt Barnes… All I can think of when I hear his name is when he tried to punk Kobe…

  • http://www.twitter.com/kevinchung Kevin

    i actually like Shannon Brown more than Barnes.. will be sad to Brown gone from the Lakers. guess the premiere teams have strong wing players (Wade, LeBron, Carmelo, Pierce) that need to be defended.. whereas most of the top offensive PGs (Nash, Deron Williams, CP3) don’t play on the teams that can challenge LA

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Didn’t him and Odom have beef? Awk-ward.

  • Robb

    @socal.s that’s the key word Matt “tried” and failed. But I respect Matt for trying, Kobe likes those type of guys.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Wow. With this response, you’d think Matt Barnes was a top-flight defender and not just some overrated pest. It’ll be interesting to see Kobe and Phil tame TWO headcases in Artest and Barnes

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    id rather tank than offer him more money or just to say we make a move.. were not winning now, so why force it.. And Eyenga might be coming so.. Besides i would throw more money for a good center that we really need now.

  • T-Money

    Wow, Barnes turned down 7 mil for 2 from CLE to take 3.5 for 2 from LAL. What a fool. Basketball ref shows that he made 7 mil for his WHOLE CAREER so far. I bet his fam is looking at him sideways right now.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Kobe likes breakin bread with his foes don’t he

  • Conoro

    Reemo, for a bench lineup, it is indeed “scary”.

    - Blake, Vujacic/Ebanks, Barnes/Ebanks, Odom/Caracter, Ratliff/Caracter -

    Heat Vision is blocking reality from some people.

  • Groves

    dude does care about winning apparently. so much for what people were saying when he was about to join the raps

  • T-Money

    he cares about winning… to a certain extent. he DID accept toronto’s offer. so essentially barnes opted for less money.

  • Capya

    From the LA Times: “The Lakers took another step toward rounding out their bench, agreeing to terms with 37-year-old center Theo Ratliff on Thursday.

    Ratliff, who signed a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum of $1.35 million, gives the Lakers an experienced defensive presence among their reserves.”

    Still leaves LA with the 1.77 mil for Barnes if he wants to take a paycut for a ring.

  • Capya

    And it’s done!!! From the LA Times: “Free-agent forward Matt Barnes decided to sign a two-year deal with the Lakers, choosing the chance at a championship over a more lucrative offer from Cleveland on the same day Theo Ratliff agreed to a one-year, $1.35-million contract with the Lakers, adding a veteran shot-blocking center to the second unit.”

    Looks like Shannon Brown’s gonna be looking for a new job! Guess he shoulda tried harder at the Slam Dunk Contest!!!

  • ciroqobama

    I love how Lakers fans say “we” when referring to the team… like u are actually a part of the fn roster. lol

  • R2J

    They’re the team to beat in the west and east!

  • remo williams

    If you’ve ever been to a laker game, they say “welcome YOUR Los Angeles Lakers!” so yeah, we can say we

  • javy

    it’s official…..Barnes is a laker.
    YEah…….far better team this year than last year……exciting!!

  • T-Money

    blake is better than farmar? barnes is better than brown? ratliff is better than powell? perhaps.

  • Bharath Venkat

    While the Lakers will most likely not be in the Chris Paul chase, they have signed important role players to help them next season. I have written an article for my blog (pardonmybias.com) about the Lakers off season moves. Here is the direct link to my post: http://pardonmybias.com/the-rich-get-richer/
    Feel free to comment on my blog.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com negetivekreep

    T-Money: Barnes has only earned 7 Million dollars? geez, i’d hate to try and live like that in this economy, and i agree, what a fool to turn down “less millions” to play for evey young ballers dream, an nba championship on a dynasty. BTW, how’d you get the name T-MONEY?

  • http://fdsjklfl.com Jukai

    C’mon bro, would you prefer 7 million or 10 million? Answer honestly then re-read yer post.

  • G I I

    kobe been reading the art of war… keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

  • LA4lyfe

    Man..did we sign the rooks yet?..anyways..miami aint got shit on LA

  • Ali

    Aggressive on offense and thinks defensively! A in your face type of player. We’ll take him. Cali native! Only two spots left on Roster now! People need to understand the difference about keeping what you do on the court, on the court! It’s never personal, while you are playing. You do EVERYTHING in your power to win and break the spirit of the opposing team. When the other team is down you keep your foot on their neck till the clock says 00:00!

  • http://www.slamonline.com negetivekreep

    Juks: havent u said the exact same thing to the Laker cry babies/ Kobe fan boys, who have been straight hating on Bron since his decision? He took le$$ to win?…look man, of course 10 mil is better than 7. But i mean what i say, i’ve turned down a lot more $$$ in the past, heck right now im cleaning carpets to get by until the economy gets back going & to be honest with you, i plan on scrapping by for the next few years until i open up a Pizzaria. So ur prolly asking the wrong guy to re-read his post, for me nothing will be sweeter than serving up Napolitano pies, not my old career, or more cash, i’d take what im making now if it meant reaching that goal. So it doesnt seem far fetched that an NBA players ultimate goal would be to play for a championship.

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