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Matt Barnes
Matt Barnes
Position: G-F
Born: 03/09/80
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:226 lbs. / 102.5 kg.
Salary: $3,542,500
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Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has acquired guard Jeremy Lamb from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for guard Luke Ridnour and a conditional 2016 second-round draft pick. The Hornets acquired Ridnour earlier today from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for forward Matt Barnes.
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Playing with the Clippers the past three seasons has been amazing from a family standpoint because our kids were welcomed in the locker room after games and they became friends too. Chris Paul would pick up his son and my son from school because they were in the same class and they would go to his house sometimes, and sometimes I would pick the kids up and they would come to my house. And both of our sons loved playing with Matt Barnes’ twins so it was a great family atmosphere and sometimes that gets lost when you hear about trades. It’s part of the business, and we get compensated well, but we’re not robots. We have feelings and emotions, and we care about our family just as much as the next person, so you’re not just thinking about where you might end up, but how that will affect your kids and family. When trade talks come up during the season it can affect how you play, but I’ve learned that you just have to be patient, understanding and prepared for anything.
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Rich Cho: We are really excited to acquire Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes in this deal. Spencer gives us a veteran game – he has proven himself in this league and adds a lot of experience to the locker room. He has the ability to face the floor in offense as an outside shooter and is a great passer as well. He has a high basketball IQ and we’re really excited to have him on the team. As far as Matt, we’re still evaluating our options with Matt. But before I end, I would like to thank Lance for all his hard work during the year and being a professional last season.
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Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has acquired center Spencer Hawes and forward Matt Barnes from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Lance Stephenson. “We are pleased to add a pair of proven veterans to our team,” Cho said. “Spencer Hawes is an experienced big man whose outside shooting gives us additional flexibility on offense. Matt Barnes is an experienced veteran who knows the NBA.”
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Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Hornets undecided about whether they’ll keep Matt Barnes for next season, when he’s due $3.5M in the final year of his contract. To be clear on Barnes: Only $1M of his salary is guaranteed for next season if he’s waived by July 1. Otherwise, Charlotte owes him $3.5M. It is unlikely Charlotte keeps Barnes, who’ll become a free agent.
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Yahoo reported that Charlotte and the Clippers are discussing a deal that would send Lance Stephenson to L.A. for Spencer Hawes and Matt Barnes. (ESPN then reported that the Hornets want to do the deal but the Clippers are deliberating and will decide within 48 hours.) If the deal happens, that could affect the Heat because it would leave an even greater deficiency at shooting guard for the Hornets and could provide yet more impetus to them to take Kentucky shooting guard Devin Booker one spot before Miami. Booker has met with the Heat and Pat Riley has told him that he could develop behind Dwyane Wade. Hornets shooting guard Gerald Henderson hasn’t said if he’s exercising a $6 million player option.
For the Clippers, this would be a fascinating proposition. Stephenson, 24, is a talented but temperamental player who turned out to be a free-agent bust for the Hornets. Charlotte has been desperate to unload Stephenson since early in the 2014-15 season. Nevertheless, the Clippers need athletic, talented wing players to compete in the Western Conference, and there’s hope that Stephenson would fit better into a more talented, veteran-laden Clippers team that more closely resembles the Indiana Pacers than the Charlotte Hornets did. The Clippers are strapped under the salary cap and need to find creative ways to improve their roster.