Matt Barnes is back to considering five teams, a day after he accepted Toronto’s phantom two-year, $10 million offer that simply didn’t work under the CBA.
Five teams remain in the running to sign free-agent swingman Matt Barnes, according to sources with knowledge of Barnes’ thinking.
Toronto is still one of those teams, sources told ESPN.com, despite the collapse of a sign-and-trade deal with Orlando that Barnes thought would be completed by now.
One source close to process said early Wednesday that Barnes continues to weigh interest from the Raptors along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and three title contenders he has been negotiating with since last week: the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers.
Of those teams, the Cavaliers can offer the most money with the Raptors second (although they can’t offer him nearly as much as they already tried to). The Lakers can offer more money than any other title contender, but the Celtics can probably give Barnes more playing time. The Heat, meanwhile, would be selling the prospect of playing alongside LeWade, but with Mike Miller already backing up the SuperFriends, Barnes probably wouldn’t get much opportunity to play.
If Cleveland doesn’t blow Barnes’ socks off with an offer, I’d be willing to bet he signs with one of the title contenders. And if he opts for playing time instead of money, the Celtics could be his choice. I am starting to think Barnes to the Celtics might happen after all, even though I might be completely, miserably wrong.
P.S. – The Matt Barnes watch is driving me insane. He’s not even close to being good enough to warrant this much attention. But when the other names being tossed around are Ime Udoka and Larry Hughes, Barnes is – by default – the cream of the crop.