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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 10:18 pm
By Marcus Thompson II
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Article Launched: 08/05/2007 08:58:46 PM PDT


Don't feel bad for forward Matt Barnes.
Sure, he didn't get the long-term deal he wanted. But his salary for the 2007-08 season will be much more than the $744,551 he made last season, and he's officially no longer a journeyman.

The Warriors signed Barnes to a one-year deal worth $3 million.

"This is my fifth year in the league," Barnes said Sunday, "and for the first time, I'm going into a season and I don't have to fight for a roster spot."

Barnes acknowledged he was a little disappointed he didn't get the contract he thought he deserved. He said not having a deal grew more and more frustrating as the offseason progressed, especially while other players at the same position signed sizeable deals: Andres Nocioni re-signed with Chicago for five years, $38 million; Jason Kapono got four years, $24 million from Toronto; and Morris Peterson signed for four years, $23 million with New Orleans.

Some figured Barnes, who had a breakout season with the Warriors after playing for four teams in the previous three seasons, would command something close to the aforementioned deals. He expected some team to at least offer him the full mid-level exception (set at $5,356,000 for the 2007-08 season and increases annually).

But the offers weren't pouring in, and most teams had already used up their salary cap space. So Barnes decided to take a one-year deal and another crack at free agency next offseason.

"I've still got a lot to prove," Barnes said. "Every day I'm

getting better. A one-year deal gives me a chance to prove myself again."
Barnes entered the third week of free agency, which began July 1, with no contract to sign. So he fired his agent, Dan Fegan, whom he had just hired in May, and hired Oakland-based agent Aaron Goodwin.

Barnes -- who earned a roster spot as a training camp invitee and wound up starting for the Warriors in the playoffs -- has maintained all along that he wanted to stay with the Warriors. There was a concern, both for Barnes and many Warriors fans, that he played himself into a bigger contract than Golden State was willing to pay.

But, recognizing he fits well in coach Don Nelson's system, Barnes said he was willing to give the Warriors a discount.

"Golden State gave me an opportunity," Barnes said, "and I love the whole situation."

Nelson, reached Sunday in Hawaii, was equally enamored with the move.

"I've always wanted (Barnes) back, so that's great," Nelson said. "I thought he had a great year and fit into what we were doing. I really thought he was a great player and a great person. I thought some of his leadership qualities came out this year.

"He deserved to be re-signed."

Staff writer Geoff Lepper contributed to this article. Contact Marcus Thompson II at mthompson2@cctimes.com.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:52 am
Nice. I also believe is unfair for Barnes that Kapono got a multi-year deal for $6 million per season with Toronto and he just couldn't sign more than one year at $3 million.

On the other side, it's a great deal for the Dubs. If he plays well again, he'll get paid next offseason... if not, it won't be a problem.

This time Mullin deserves his props. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 6:56 am
From th SF Chroincle.
"The Warriors remained Barnes' preferred destination through it all, and rather than sign a multi-year deal also offered by the club, Barnes will try to increase his stock before re-entering the market in a year".
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:11 am
Happy he's staying and what this does is make him play well again to try to get a better deal in a year. The money is about right but a two year deal would have been ideal
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 10:54 am
Glad he's back. Barnes, when hot, is an asset.
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