Stein: Matt Barnes Would Replace Reggie Bullock in Clips-Knicks Trade

Matt Barnes

Jan 17, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith (8) and Los Angeles Clippers small forward Matt Barnes (22) go after a loose ball during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

To catch people up with this rumor filled day, here is all that’s gone down in regards to the Clippers making a deal by tomorrow:

  • Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Clippers and Knicks are speaking on a deal that would swap out Darren Collison for Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton. Also says the Clippers would need to add a player to make this deal work.
  • Howard Beck and others report that the other player in the deal may be rookie shooting guard Reggie Bullock.
  • Marc Stein reports the Knicks are forcing teams to add either a first-round pick or take back Raymond Felton if they want to acquire Iman Shumpert.
  • Stein then notes that the Clippers 1) aren’t too interested in Raymond Felton (and no one blames them) and 2) aren’t that open to moving Bullock.

PLOT TWIST!

Here are the latest details on this entire situation:

Stein also reiterated that the Clippers still aren’t completely sold on the idea of taking Raymond Felton and his $9 million over the next two years, but giving up Matt Barnes instead of Bullock makes this decision a bit easier.

What I’m getting out of the Matt Barnes insertion is that Doc Rivers and company are pretty confident that small forward Jared Dudley can get back to the player he was with Phoenix last year. Just a month ago Barnes replaced Dudley in the starting lineup as he struggled to hit shots and defend opposing players, both of which were supposed to be his strengths when they acquired him in the Eric Bledsoe three-team trade.

Matt Barnes hasn’t exactly lived up to what was a career year last season. On the season, Barnes is averaging 7.3 points, on 38 percent shooting (30 percent from behind the arc) while grabbing 4.1 rebounds and dishing 1.7 assists per game. He’s 33 years old, has dealt with injury throughout the entire first half of the season and is owed $6 million over the next two seasons (last year is a team option). Losing out on him instead of a young, promising guard in Bullock seems ideal for the franchise. His toughness and veteran presence would be missed, but with Chris Paul and Doc Rivers on the roster, those two qualities can be made up easily.

At this point all we can do as fans is wait. It seems like the ball is in the Clippers hand and if they want a move to be made a move will be made. Probably makes sense to not rush anything and try and pressure the Knicks to lower their demands as the deadline gets closer and closer, meaning they’d be stuck with Raymond Felton until, likely, next summer.

Topics: Iman Shumpert, Los Angeles Clippers, Matt Barnes, NBA, Nba Trade Rumors, New York Knicks, Reggie Bullock

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