Matt Barnes Signs With Clippers

THURSDAY, 2:23pm: The team confirmed the move via press release on its website, and Berger adds that it's a one-year, minimum-salary deal (Twitter link). For the nine-year veteran, that'll be $1.229MM, but by rule the Clippers are only on the hook for the two-year veteran's minimum of $854,389, with the league reimbursing the rest.

THURSDAY, 2:09pm: The Clippers have officially announced the move, Ken Berger of reports (Twitter link). 

WEDNESDAY, 9:49am: Matt Barnes has informed the Clippers that he'll sign with them, according to's Sam Amick (via Twitter). It was Amick who reported yesterday that Barnes was leaning toward joining the Clippers and that he could finalize a deal with the team by week's end.

Amick's report yesterday indicated that the Heat, Lakers, and Nets were among the other teams in play for Barnes, who also had serious talks with the Knicks, according to Jared Zwerling of Agent Aaron Goodwin told Zwerling that he spoke to the Knicks several times about Barnes, but that he believes coach Mike Woodson never got "truly on board" with the idea of adding the veteran wing.

Although the Clippers waived Ryan Gomes via the amnesty provision and let Nick Young walk in free agency, they added Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill, and Willie Green, and didn't appear to require more wing help. Still, Barnes will provide the team with added depth and versatility. When I looked at the top rebounders and outside shooters available in free agency a couple weeks ago, Barnes ranked in the top 10 in both categories.

Because the Clippers have already used both their mid-level and bi-annual exceptions, Barnes figures to be signing a minimum-salary deal. It's not clear yet whether or not it will be guaranteed.

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