Update: A. Sherrod Blakely reports Barnes is likely headed elsewhere. His probable suitors? The Lakers, Mavericks and Heat. Yuck. I’m going to puke.
Boy, that was a quick 180 on Matt Barnes’s availability.
Earlier today Danny Ainge spoke about Matt Barnes as though he were a pipe dream, but now Barnes is reportedly strongly considering the Celtics.
“The problem with Matt Barnes,” Ainge said in an interview with WEEI earlier today, “is that he is a terrific player, he started last year, and he opted out of his contract so I think he has some expectations of making more money than he had than last year. All we have to offer is the veteran minimum.”
I guess he might be willing to take the min after all. (Orlando Sentinel)
Those with knowledge of the situation say Barnes is strongly considering the Heat or the Celtics, among several other teams.
The Barnes’ camp still contends that the Magic have not offered him a contract and have moved on after signing free agent guard-forward Quentin Richardson.
The defensive-minded Celtics might make more sense. Boston is looking for back-up help behind small forward Paul Pierce and at power forward behind Kevin Garnett after the retirement of Rasheed Wallace.
The Heat are crowded at the small-foward and power-forward spots.
I’d like Barnes on the C’s. He can shoot a little, he can defend a little, and he will allow the Celtics to finally meet the NBA’s tattoo quota. Is he really willing to take the minimum?
(Thanks to our reader Jeff on the heads up)