Free-agent forward Matt Barnes has agreed to a new contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The sides agreed to a three-year, $11 million deal late Friday afternoon. Barnes has spent the last three years of his career playing in the Los Angeles are — two with the Lakers and one with the Clippers.
Barnes made the news official through his Twitter account after tweeted this…
— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) July 5, 2013
The 12-year veteran will add perimeter defense to that Clipper lineup (as a starter or off the bench). He also brings a quality three-point shooter if need be.
Barnes averaged a career-high 10.3 points per game last season, while shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range.
DWIGHT HOWARD UPDATE
Per ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Dallas Mavericks have been notified that they are no longer in the race for Dwight Howard.
Dallas Mavericks have been officially notified they are out of Dwight Howard Sweepstakes, sources tell ESPN
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 5, 2013
This isn’t necessarily surprising news, but at this point, any Dwight news is news.
That leaves the race for Howard down to three teams — Los Angeles, Houston and Golden State.