Kings Signing Matt Barnes to Two-Year, $12 Million Deal

by July 04, 2016

Matt Barnes is headed to Sacramento.

The Kings have reportedly come to terms with the free agent forward on a two-year, $12 million pact.

Barnes, 36, averaged 10 points and five boards for the Memphis Grizzlies last season.

Per CSN Bay Area:

Barnes spent last season playing under coach Dave Joerger in Memphis and instantly provides depth at the small forward position for the Kings. The versatile, but volatile wing averaged 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 28.8 minutes per game last season with Memphis. Despite his advancing age for an NBA player, Barnes is known as a gritty defender and plays with a toughness the Kings desperately need.


Like Garrett Temple, who Sacramento signed earlier Sunday, this is the second tour of duty for Barnes with the Kings. The 36-year-old forward played 43 games during the 2004-05 season for the Kings before being sent to Philadelphia, along with Chris Webber and Michael Bradley for Brian Skinner, Kenny Thomas and Corliss Williamson.


Barnes made a surprise appearance at DeMarcus Cousins youth basketball camp at Sacramento High. He was very clear during that visit that he would love to come back to Sacramento and finish out his 13-year career that includes stops with the Clippers, Kings, 76ers, Knicks, Warriors, Suns, Magic, Lakers and Grizzlies.

Keep up with the latest signings during the July free-agency period by following our 2016 NBA Free Agent Tracker.