And the constant Matt Barnes watch continues. Barnes has probably gotten more media coverage this week than he has his entire career. (Brian Windhorst Twitter)
Matt Barnes has tough choice. Come to CLE for a little more $ or play with contender. Right now, sources say, he’s leaning toward contender.
Cavs can offer more $ than Heat, Magic, Celtics & Lakers. But doesn’t sound like Cavs want to make quite same offer as TOR (2yrs/$9 mill).
Barnes has made “just” $7.5 mill in career so difference of $2-4 mill in a contract very significant to him. Still, he’s a role player.
If he’s leaning towards a contender, that means the Heat, Lakers or Celtics. I’d probably cross the Heat off first because it’d be tough for Barnes to see the court behind Wade, Lebron and Mike Miller. So that leaves the Celtics and the Lakers. The Lakers can offer a little more money (they still have a piece of the mid-level left), but the Celtics can probably offer more playing time.
If I had to put my life on it, I’d bet he goes to the Lakers. Damn them.