The Celtics are still in the hunt for Matt Barnes, according to Barnes’ agent, but would probably need a change of heart from Barnes to earn his services. (Boston Herald)
Goodwin, who also represents Barnes, said via text that the Celtics are still in the hunt, but “quite a few” other teams are also standing in line.
The problem, according to a league source, is that the Celtics, like Miami, only have a veteran’s minimum slot of approximately $1.6 million available. Though the Celtics and Heat – teams that are placing a premium on winning over dollars with these luxury minimum opportunities – were thought to be at the top of the former Magic swingman’s list. That seems to have changed.
Barnes now realizes there are still teams out there with surplus cash to offer.
“Wants $. He’s looking for more than minimum agent says,” the source said via text.
If the Celtics still have a chance, and Barnes would fill their need for a rugged perimeter defender who can hit an open jumper, it will be because Barnes changes his thinking.
Damn it. Antoine Wright, how are you doing buddy? You want to come to Boston?