Matt Barnes‘ 30 point, 10 rebound game in the final game of the Los Angeles Clippers season was the perfect audition for any team that’ll be looking for his services going into next season. Speaking with Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles, Barnes noted that his salary will be a huge concern as he makes his decision as a free agent come July:
“I’m going to sit down and talk to my family and see where the market’s at,” Barnes said. “I’ve been one of those guys the last three or four years that’s always been a great bargain. I’ve played for the mid-level and have played well but have yet to see a pay day. Not to say that I’m asking for the world, but I’m definitely looking for a salary increase.
I had a great season with the Clippers and my family is very comfortable here in L.A.,” Barnes said. “So the Clippers are going to be one of my top choices, but we’re looking for a pay increase.”
via Barnes believes Paul will re-sign, hopes he can too – ESPN LA
This is fair. Throughout his NBA tenure, Barnes has made a little over $12 million, with $3 million (07-08: GS Warriors) being the most he’s made in a single season, so for him to make it an extreme priority going into the off-season is okay by my standards. Around $5 million would be a reasonable amount to pay Barnes. His game is a huge need in today’s NBA as he’s a perfect fit for any team that needs a 3-and-D player. He probably isn’t a starter in today’s league, but he’s as valuable as any reserve coming off the bench.
While Jamal Crawford may have finished second in Sixth Man of the Year voting, Matt Barnes, arguably, was the more important reserve man off the bench. Unless a top team like the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder or San Antonio Spurs offer Barnes a decent deal, a return to Clipper Land isn’t out of the question especially since they’re one of his favorite choices.