The Mohawk’s Back

The Warriors announced that Matt Barnes will resign with the team for a one-year, $3.5 million contract. The move works out well for the Warriors, since they get one of their playoffs stars back, not mention a hard-nosed guy who fits perfectly in Nellie’s system. Perhaps most importantly, the pricetag was cheap: the remainder of the mid-level exception.

Barnes was probably hoping for a bigger payday after his breakout year, but dollars were hard to come by this offseason, so he’s banking on having another great year and earning his payday next year:

Thus ends a frustrating summer for Barnes, who originally sought a long-term contract starting at the mid-level exception of $5.36 million after his breakout year under coach Don Nelson.

Barnes averaged career-highs across the board and was critical to the Golden State’s postseason run with 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in 30 minutes a game. But teams were reluctant to commit so much money to a player who earned the league minimum last year and has been on five teams in four seasons.

Barnes also went through three agents while seeking his new deal, firing Bill Neff during the playoffs, signing with Dan Fegan, then dropping Fegan in favor of Goodwin two weeks ago.

Even going back to his UCLA days, we always been big Barnes fans, so his failure to get a big contract somewhere is kind of bittersweet, but we can’t be happier that he’s coming back.

For more Barnes stuff, including the following Dirk-tastic epic moment, check out the guys at Golden State of Mind:

Barnes returning to the Warriors [SFGate]


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