Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  33 responses

Matt Barnes-to-Toronto Deal Dead?

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

At one point last night, everyone assumed Matt Barnes would be living and working in Toronto next season. Barnes certainly did.

Now, however, that might not be the case. Indications are that Matt isn’t headed to the Raptors; not for the time being, anyway.

The reasons are financial — as in neither Orlando or Toronto has the money to pay Barnes what he wants — and the Orlando Sentinel cobbled together the details:

According to Yahoo! Sports, the deal would be worth $9 million over two years, including a player option for the 2011-12 season. (ESPN.com is reporting the deal is worth $10 million over two years.) But the Toronto Raptors are out of cap room and already have used their midlevel exception this offseason to acquire Linas Kleiza as a restricted free agent from the Denver Nuggets. Therefore, the Raptors don’t have the ability under league rules to pay Barnes $4.5 million a year.

So, where would Barnes get that money? The original ESPN.com report by Marc Stein said the deal would be contingent on the Raptors working out a sign-and-trade deal with the Orlando Magic. But it’s clear that the Magic don’t have $4.5 million to give Barnes as a prelude to a sign-and-trade.

It appears that Barnes and the Raptors will have to agree to a new deal — one for significantly less than $4.5 million. If they can’t reach a new deal, Barnes would remain on the free-agent market.

This is unfortunate for Barnes, whose agent and the GMs in both Toronto and Orlando seem to have all dropped the ball here.

It’s back to the free agency drawing board for everyone involved in this deal.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Matt Barnes is not about winning, that’s for sure….

  • Shem

    This is really pissing me off. First we trade for Chandler which I was ecstatic about, that doesn’t pan out. Then we get Matt Barnes and once again I’m incredibly happy we brought in some toughness and defence and this doesn’t work out. I like what Colangelo’s doing though. He realizes we need toughness and he’s trying to go get it. Ed Davis and Solomon Alabi are active athletic big men so, hopefully we can get another deal going.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    That would have been a lot of money to give a player with a history of back problems.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Matt Barnes to the Hawks?

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Yeah, I thought he wanted to win. Oh well…

  • T-Money

    E, Cheryl: I’m not mad. He never got paid in this league and he never signed for multiple years. He’s not a spring chicken. Actually, in his situation, passing up money for wins would be kinda dumb.

  • rich


  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    matt barnes and the spurs should talk to one another. they won’t, but they should.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Wait, so no one’s getting Head?

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    COSIGN T-MONEY…@Eboy,Cheryl: you are the dumb shmucks really..barnes is looking after himself, he never made stupid money, so hes doin what he should do…just cause the heat got 2 great players doesnt mean everyone will be stupid enough to leave money on the table specialy the guys who arent filthy rich like Matt.

  • The Philosopher

    It’s not money that is the root of…
    meh, nevermind. lol

  • Sam

    I think that Orlando has their people mixed up. What they need right now is someone that can give Carter a break. DeRozan could be that guy on the Raptors.

  • james


  • riggs

    @Anton: you mean becky?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    @Trailblazingsimpleton, I was being sarcastic, but keep catching feelings if that makes you excited. Perhaps you have a special connection to Matt that none of us want to know about.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I was mad when the Chandler deal got deaded. But this one, not as much. I feel that IF the Raptors did land Barnes, there would be too many Small Forwards. Unless some slide over to SG… but then we have a handful there too…

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I felt that way for Keyon, but for Matt? Not so much…

  • Dillan

    Go to the Bobcats or Mavs

  • http://Twitter.com/darrellma Dma

    Matt Barnes needs to stop the twitter. And fire his agent. This is failure on so many levels. Yet another reason why he gets no love and long term contracts.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    @Eboygeorge: you disguise your sarcasm very well, what can I say?

  • ends

    here we go

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    @ Sam: there is no way in hell orlando gets Derozan… unless u trade us dwight… sorry

  • Sergio Rodriguez

    If the Toronto deal falls through, I can see him end up with the Lakers, Toronto can only offer 1.9mil for now, the Lakers can offer 1.8mil but give him a chance at a ring, why not make 100,000$ less & be on a winning team? The Celtics can only offer 1.3mil, same with the Heat, so the Lakers give him the best money/winning combination. Only other place I can see him go is to the Cavs, who have money & also expressed interest.

  • Sergio Rodriguez

    Who is Sergio Rodriguez? That aint me??????????????????????????????????????/

  • c_cantrell

    miami dont need matt barnes and his problems

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

    So, whos soaking up all of torontos cap? Barg, jose, jack, amir, plus rook salaries like demars really take up all their cap? Damn

  • http://fdsjklfl.com Jukai

    Tarzan: Barbosa gets paid too

  • http://google c_cantrell

    speaking of barbosa i think he will blosom in toronto into one heck of player in toronto where he will be allowed to do more and get more touches.. and for what its worth dude is prolly the fastest dude in the nba

  • http://slamonline.com Ghost

    Thank God.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    People forget Matt Barnes and his wife make money as Basketball Wives actor/actress. Isn’t Matt Barnes more famous for trying to make Kobe flinch with the ball in his face, than anything he has done on the basketball court. Just saying!!!

  • http://www.djpatlok.com pat lok

    Ridiculous incompetence here, but Barnes in TO actually messes up the rotation minutes for the kids. Derozan-Weems-Kleiza is basically what you need for your 2-3, Barnes would eat up too many minutes and probably start.

  • http://www.google.com gmZ

    co-sign niQ.. feel sorry for T.Dot fans..

  • rich

    how does matt barnes adress our need at center? I WANT TYSON FRIGGIN CHANDLER NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!