Trying to figure which star is going to be moved at the break, this note from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com slipped by my ears:
Clippers interested in flipping wing player (Dudley, perhaps Barnes) for frontcourt help, per source. Jamison, Mullens also available.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 18, 2014
Matt Barnes’ name had come up in the proposed Iman Shumpert-to-Los Angeles trade after the Clippers refused to make rookie guard Reggie Bullock available to the New York Knicks. Basically if a team is willing to give the Clips an impact big man in return for a 33-year-old small forward whose shooting is down, has looked to have lost a step on the defensive side of the ball and has been injured for majority of the season, then Barnes will be rocking a new jersey by 3 P.M. Eastern Time. Theoretically the idea of a Matt Barnes, a 3-and-D guy that’ll bring toughness to a contender’s front office, is a good one. He’s making around $7 million over the next two seasons, the last year a team option, and will do whatever the team asks of him. But he hasn’t lived up to the expectations created after his career-year in 2012-13 and has struggled in general.
As for Antawn Jamison and Byron Mullens being available on the trade market, well, I’ll let Ashton Kutcher describe the faces of general managers when they hear this fantastic news.