Matt Barnes SF MEM 1 day ago

Barnes collected two points (1-2 FG) and a rebound over seven minutes in Monday's 91-81 victory over the Cavaliers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The seven minutes of court time represented the least amount of preaseason playing time for Barnes over the first three contests of the 2015 exhibition slate. Barnes turned in a fairly productive 2014-15 campaign for the Clippers, starting 74 games at age 34 while tallying his second-highest three-point shooting percentage (36.2). The veteran small forward presently slots behind starter Jeff Green and defensive stalwart Tony Allen on the Grizzlies' depth chart, and the remainder of the preseason will help clarify his exact role in the 2015-16 campaign.

Matt Barnes SF MEM 4 months ago

Barnes was traded to the Grizzlies for Luke Ridnour on Thursday, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Just 10 days ago Barnes was traded to the Hornets, but after acquiring Nicolas Batum from Portland they no longer needed Barnes' services. The Grizzlies plan to hang on to Barnes in the final year of his contract as he adds depth to an uneven group of wing players. That said, he likely won't see near the level of run he was getting last season with the Clippers as Courtney Lee, Tony Allen and Jeff Green will be ahead of him on the depth chart.

Matt Barnes SF MEM 4 months ago

Barnes was traded to the Hornets on Monday, along with Spencer Hawes, in exchange for Lance Stephenson, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

In a deal that seemed to materialize quickly Monday evening, Barnes and Hawes will join a Hornets team that failed to meet expectations this season, finishing 11th in a historically weak Eastern Conference. Barnes, who started 74 contests for the Clippers this season, averaged 10.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 29.9 minutes per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor and 36.2 percent from three. While Barnes was an integral part of the team's core, he'll turn 36 midway through next season and is well past his prime, particularly as an offensive player. Wojnarowski reports that the Hornets are not expected to keep Barnes on the roster, offering further credence to the belief that Charlotte was simply desperate to rid itself of Stephenson. Barnes will likely be waived before the end of the month, as his deal is guaranteed for only $1 million if he's waived by July 1.

Matt Barnes SF MEM 4 months ago

Barnes recorded 10.1 points (44% FG, 36% 3Pt, 78% FT), 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 30 minutes per game during 76 regular season games in 2014-15.

Barnes belly-flopped in the playoffs, managing only 7.6 points (38% FG, 27% 3Pt, 75% FT), 5.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.7 blocks in 29 minutes per game during 14 postseason contests. Barnes' inability to sink his open shots helped the Rockets make an epic comeback in Game 5 versus the Clippers, and it's likely he'll spend the summer working to improve his stroke. Barnes is on the Clippers' books for $3.5 million in 2015-16.

Matt Barnes SF MEM 5 months ago

Barnes (ankle) has gone back to the Clippers' locker room but will return to Tuesday's game, ESPN's Arash Markazi reports.

Barnes went back to the locker room to get his anke re-taped during the third quarter of Game 5, but it appears that he'll be able to return to action. He is 0-for-7 from the floor through 18 minutes of action.

Matt Barnes SF MEM 5 months ago

Barnes scored 17 points (7-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 0-1 FT) with five rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 28 minutes Saturday in Game 7.

Barnes had been a non-factor through the first six games, but came up huge on both ends of the court in Game 7. With the Clippers not trusting their bench, Barnes should continue to play around 30 minutes per game moving forward, and always is a threat to put up decent lines.

Matt Barnes SF MEM 6 months ago

Barnes (shoulder) posted seven points, six rebounds, one assist, and two blocks in 28 minutes of action in Game 5 against the Spurs.

Barnes has been dealing with a strained rotator cuff, but ultimately was able to play. He's been pretty solid during the series so far, averaging 5.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.0 threes per game in a limited role. Consider him good to go moving forward.

Matt Barnes SF MEM 6 months ago

Barnes (shoulder) will play in Tuesday's Game 5 against San Antonio, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

Barnes strained his right rotator cuff during Sunday's Game 4 win, and he was spotted at practice Monday with an ice pack on the shoulder. Despite the fact that it's likely not 100 percent, Barnes will play Tuesday and should be expected to remain in his usual starting small forward spot.

Matt Barnes SF MEM 6 months ago

Barnes (shoulder) is probable for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Spurs, Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports.

Barnes suffered a strained right rotator cuff during Sunday's Game 4 victory, but he isn't expected to miss any time. He's been quiet in the series thus far, averaging 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist over 27.8 minutes. He only played 23 and 20 minutes in the last two games, with Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers cutting into Barnes' playing time.

Matt Barnes SF MEM 6 months ago

Barnes came away from Game 4 against the Spurs on Sunday with a sore shoulder but expects to be fine moving forward, Arash Markazi of ESPN reports.

Barnes has seen his playing time decrease over the last two games in comparison to the first two of the series, and now it appears that he's having some minor issues with his shoulder. There's not much concern that he'll miss Tuesday's Game 5 but his lack of playing time definitely should draw some red flags for daily competitions.