October 25, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
The Los Angeles Clippers have re-signed unrestricted free agent Matt Barnes according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
Clippers forward Matt Barnes has agreed to a three-year deal paying in the $11 million to $12 million range, a source told Yahoo! Sports.
Although the terms weren’t disclosed these numbers have been confirmed by league sources. Barnes had a breakout year with the Clippers as a reserve forward. By the end of the 2012-13 NBA season, Barnes had notched career highs in points per game and PER. Here are his stats from last season:
PPG: 10.3 (Career High)
Barnes noted before the beginning of free agency that he would take into consideration the salary of the deal after being underpaid for most of his career. He spoke with ESPN Los Angeles about looking for a hefty payday this off-season after verbally agreeing to his deal (deals can’t become official until moratorium is over). ”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 payday. Not to say that I’m asking for the world, but I’m definitely looking for a salary increase.” While the numbers are concrete yet, Barnes could be due to make around $3.3 million-plus per season which would top his highest earned salary of just $3 million, which he earned during the 2007-08 season as a member of the Golden State Warriors.
By the end of his deal Barnes will be 36 years old and on the tail end of his career.