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N8R
08-07-2007, 12:44 AM
From Yahoo Sports - http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AiIPd0x68I4D5TgRXdHnbWe8vLYF?slug=ap-warriors-barnes&prov=ap&type=lgns


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Forward Matt Barnes re-signed with the Golden State Warriors on Monday, agreeing to a one-year deal after enjoying his best NBA season with the club last year.

Barnes, a four-year veteran who has played for five teams, had career-best averages of 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season in coach Don Nelson's uptempo offense.

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He also made headlines with his energetic play, a mohawk haircut and a tattoo reading "Believe" -- especially while the Warriors upset top-seeded Dallas and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

"I am really excited to be back with the Warriors," Barnes said. "As I've said all along, this was my first choice and the place that I wanted to continue my career. I really enjoy playing for this team, and feel very comfortable with the entire organization."

Barnes shopped his services to several teams as a free agent, but couldn't find a lucrative deal despite changing agents twice. His contract with Golden State is expected to be worth slightly more than $3 million -- the remainder of the Warriors' mid-level salary cap exemption.

"He was a key contributor to our success last season, and we anticipate that he will play a vital role with our club again during the upcoming season," said Chris Mullin, the Warriors' executive vice president of basketball operations. "The intangibles that he provides our team -- energy, hustle and effort -- are a tribute to his work ethic and have certainly aided his development as a player. Plus, he is a very good fit for our team."

Naptown_Seth
08-07-2007, 12:57 AM
Too bad Pacers couldn't afford $4m for that. He'd be a nice pickup with his inside hustle and outside shot. This is a good thing for GS. To me he and Jackson provided the most "spirit" to the team, the emotional spark that everyone feeds off of.

Glad we'll get to see a 2nd run of this fun bunch. I hope its as entertaining as it was last year. GS, PHX and Dallas (sometimes) have really brought the joy back to watching NBA ball. Not just the shooting but the pure energy levels.

NPFII
08-07-2007, 06:30 AM
I can't believe no team jumped at Barnes with more than $3mil...

I had him booked as this year's sleeper in the dull FA market.

I really wanted Toronto to get him, but BC went for Kapono@fullMLE. I'm truly shocked that no other team in the whole league saw what I saw, and I saw enough even before the playoffs and the Dallas series, which was no surprise to me.

:wow:

LG33
08-07-2007, 09:11 AM
I'm not sure he'd work well outside that system of Nellie's. I mean, Al Harrington looked like an absolute stud now and again.

ajbry
08-07-2007, 09:53 AM
Al only looked like a stud in regular season losses (except for his game-winner in Philly). Otherwise, he was essentially invisible when it came to victories and especially the playoffs.

As for re-signing Barnes, it's an excellent (and relatively cheap) signing. Dude is definitely a great complement emotionally to Baron and Steve. He isn't afraid to get scrappy and take big shots. Plays pretty decent defense too.

Hopefully this means Pietrus is out the door, ideally with Sarunas in order to pry away someone like J-Will to backup Baron.

LG33
08-07-2007, 10:19 AM
Al only looked like a stud in regular season losses (except for his game-winner in Philly). Otherwise, he was essentially invisible when it came to victories and especially the playoffs.

Come on now, didn't you watch the Utah/GS series? Granted, there weren't many wins, but Al scored 21, 17, 15, 24 and 8 in those five games. To be sure, his 4-12 (all his makes were threes) performance in Game 3 was the only Warriors victory, probably his worst peformance. And you're right, he did suck against Dallas. But still, he wasn't invisible.

GrangerRanger
08-07-2007, 10:38 AM
http://pacersdigest.com/apache2-default/showthread.php?t=32952

ajbry
08-07-2007, 11:23 AM
Come on now, didn't you watch the Utah/GS series? Granted, there weren't many wins, but Al scored 21, 17, 15, 24 and 8 in those five games. To be sure, his 4-12 (all his makes were threes) performance in Game 3 was the only Warriors victory, probably his worst peformance. And you're right, he did suck against Dallas. But still, he wasn't invisible.

You made my point, lol. Even when the dude has a decent playoff series, he had absolutely zero impact compared to if Baron, Jack, or J-Rich played well. I like Al, but he's one of the few players in the league who only impacts the game when his team loses. At this point it ain't really a coincidence. Teams can definitely win when he's the 4th or 5th best player on any given night - but every time he had the best performance his team always seemed to lose. I'm not pinning it on him but eventually you have to wonder why he's always so highly regarded. A lot of empty stats.

Naptown_Seth
08-07-2007, 12:12 PM
Al only looked like a stud in regular season losses (except for his game-winner in Philly). Otherwise, he was essentially invisible when it came to victories and especially the playoffs.

As for re-signing Barnes, it's an excellent (and relatively cheap) signing. Dude is definitely a great complement emotionally to Baron and Steve. He isn't afraid to get scrappy and take big shots. Plays pretty decent defense too.

Hopefully this means Pietrus is out the door, ideally with Sarunas in order to pry away someone like J-Will to backup Baron.
I agree. I've said it all along, Al and Jackson didn't change 1 bit in Oakland. Jack was intense, volitile and streaky. Al was soft on the boards, a bit slow on defense (esp. on that rosters) and could drop the 3 very well.

Barnes played at a high speed, he reacted very quickly and appears to have had the game slow down for him. He's over the awareness hump IMO and could adapt to other systems. I mean who couldn't use an aggressive quick reacting defender that can drop down and get blocks or work the outside fairly well. He's not an all star player, but if you'd like McKey with a bit of Army energy to his style then he's a nice fit. I'd buy that for $5m per. Of course the Pacers just didn't need him anyway, they needed a SG version of him.


The FA market is rough, if you don't get out as one of the top dogs early then the money gets used up and you get left hanging, just like Al did last year while Peja and Ben got overpaid just weeks earlier.

Naptown_Seth
08-07-2007, 12:23 PM
In the regular season Al was the #2 scorer in the 19 losses he played in for GS, only 0.2 PPG behind Baron (17.6)

In the 23 wins he was their 5th highest scorer at 16.4 PPG, behind Baron (over 20), Jackson, Ellis and Richardson. This seems to support abjry's point pretty well.

BTW, talk about streaky, in the wins Jackson and JRich were 40% from 3. In the losses Jack was 23% and JRich as 30%. So pretty much when they have it going the Warriors are going to win and if not...long night.

JayRedd
08-07-2007, 04:05 PM
BTW, talk about streaky, in the wins Jackson and JRich were 40% from 3. In the losses Jack was 23% and JRich as 30%. So pretty much when they have it going the Warriors are going to win and if not...long night.

Win by the three, die by the three.

Better get used to it if you plan to follow the J'OB squad next year.

rexnom
08-07-2007, 04:09 PM
Win by the three, die by the three.

Better get used to it if you plan to follow the J'OB squad next year.
I think we'll love it...it sounds a lot like the post-brawl team...without the bangers and good shooters of course...

Naptown_Seth
08-07-2007, 04:32 PM
Win by the three, die by the three.

Better get used to it if you plan to follow the J'OB squad next year.
I've already expressed extreme distress about this. However the defense needed help more than anything and both JOB and Harter being defensive oriented coaches I feel like that side of the ball will be better.

I'm one of the people saying this team is high lottery bound, BUT what they are going to try to pull off isn't such an outrageous gambit that I can't see how it might work. So I'm curious. I'm ready to be wrong on my wins predictions and I can see how they might do it.


ATClowns and a few others are also talking about JOB looking for less rushed 3 bombs, and some of the comments if JO is still here does fit that. Bird has mentioned inside-out, I think JOB did last month himself. Rush did drop it well in the summer, Diener can work as a spot-up specialist, and it is true that Quis getting hurt did coincide with the losing stretch to end the year.

So maybe they won't "live by, die by" after all. But I gotta see happen it to buy into it still.

NPFII
08-08-2007, 08:15 AM
I agree. I've said it all along, Al and Jackson didn't change 1 bit in Oakland. Jack was intense, volitile and streaky. Al was soft on the boards, a bit slow on defense (esp. on that rosters) and could drop the 3 very well.
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The FA market is rough, if you don't get out as one of the top dogs early then the money gets used up and you get left hanging, just like Al did last year while Peja and Ben got overpaid just weeks earlier.

Al was looking for more than MLE money, and Peja & Ben got more than MLE money. You need to be under the cap, or willing to do a sign&trade. Not many teams in the pool.

However, EACH TEAM IN THE LEAGUE has an MLE to spend, and not many of them have spent it yet! Several teams have glaring needs at SF, and almost all could use a good backup SF, like Barnes. Still - no team saw (sees) Barnes as an above $3mil/yr player.

Either there's something fundamentally wrong with him that I'm not catching, or that most teams scouting and GMs stink.

Teams who coulda and maybe shoulda payed Barnes more than $3mil/yr:
- Boston (as backup to PP)
- Miami (lost Kapono, lost Eddie Jones, Posey's old and maybe gone - Barnes could start!)
- Washington (backup to Butler)
- Charlotte (backup to Gerald Wallace)
- Orlando (backup to Rashard Lewis)
- Detroit (backup to Prince)
- Milwaukee (backup to Bobby Simmons)
- Minnesota (could start!)
- Portland (Glaring need at SF, with a capital G)
- San Antonio (backup to Bowen)
- Dallas (backup to Howard)
- Lakers (could start!)
- Clippers (backup to Maggette)
- Kings (backup to Artest...)
- Denver (backup to Melo)
- ... finally GS (backup to SJax)

JayRedd
08-08-2007, 12:17 PM
- Portland (Glaring need at SF, with a capital G)

Travis Outlaw is a beast. Kid plays a lot of D and with Roy/Oden/Aldridge they don't need much scoring outta the SF spot. And they can give Webster another year to develop before they need to start signing fill-in types like Barnes.


- Lakers (could start!)

Doubtful. Phil likes Luke a lot I think. Either he starts or they go with a Bynum/Kwame/Odom front court.

Naptown_Seth
08-08-2007, 05:50 PM
I think the fear is that his game won't translate since previously he had struggled as more of a banger/energy SF. Maybe they are right, I just happen to think he's about that season where the right role brings it all together for you.

Just like I expect to see happen with Danny this year or next by the latest. For many top players there is a click moment. Nash and Billups come to mind, but plenty of other players end up pretty strong (relative to their initial play) after starting off rather pedestrian.