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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Rich are Getting Richer

Magic to sign Barnes, bolster bench
In an aggressive summer of spending, the Orlando Magic have agreed with Matt Barnes(notes)

on a two-year, $3.2 million contract, a league source said Monday night.

Barnes, 29, gives Orlando a versatile forward on its reshaped bench. He leaves the Phoenix Suns, where he averaged 10 points and 5.5 rebounds a season ago. The deal includes a player option of $1.6 million in 2010-11, the source said. Barnes will sign the agreement on Tuesday.

Barnes is 6'7" 226 lbs. Averaged 27 minutes for Phoenix last year in 77 games. Barnes will back up both forward positions and gives the Magic a versatile defender with decent range offensively.


  • At 2:20 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Stop it! You have to be kidding! I was sure we were done getting known names,but signing matt barnes for that kinda money is an absolute steal. Im sure we've all seen enough of him to know he fits our system and more importantly we keep getting tougher,lovin it.

  • At 2:50 PM, Blogger Jeremiah said…

    Otis must have found a cahce of Red's cigars.

  • At 4:11 PM, Blogger Ken said…

    Another great move Otis! This has been a hellava summer. The season can't start soon enough.

  • At 5:39 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Matt Barnes is an excellent pick, and a very good fit. Magic has opened up its wallet, and must now be the top team in the East, hands down.

  • At 6:19 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Matt Barnes by the numbers from last season with Phoenix, courtesy of basketball-reference.com:

    -Started a career-high 40 games, and averaged a career-high 27 minutes a game

    -Eight games where he scored 20 points or more, including a season high of 26 points (with 10 rebounds) against the Lakers on March 1st

    -Five games where he had double-figure rebounds, with a season-high of 11

    -Four games where he had a double-double (points and rebounds)

    -Six games of six or more assists, with a season-high of 11 assists

    Barnes is more than capable of making three pointers, as on four occasions last season he made five three pointers in a game.

    Barnes is 29 years old, and won't turn 30 until next March.

    Another very versatile player who should fit in well with the Magic.

  • At 10:15 PM, Blogger smmacelhiney said…

    I just did this math...
    Averages from last season...

    Dwight Howard 20.6 | 13.8
    Rashard Lewis 17.7 | 5.7
    Jameer Nelson 16.7 | 3.5
    Brandon Bass 8.5 | 4.5
    Vince Carter 20.8 | 5.1

    Starting Lineup: 84.3 | 32.6

    Martin Gortat: 3.8 | 4.5
    Matt Barnes: 10.2 | 5.5
    Ryan Anderson: 7.4 | 4.7
    Mickael Petrius: 9.4 | 3.3
    Anthony Johnson: 5.3 | 1.8

    Bench: 36.1 | 19.8

    Average Points | Rebounds/ Game: 120.4 | 52.4

  • At 4:03 AM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    Like Matt mentioned earlier, due to several new players arriving and having to learn the Magic offense and developing chemistry with the other players, some player scoring averages won't be as high as last season.

    The potential is there, though, for the Magic to be one of the higher scoring teams in the league.

  • At 8:23 AM, Blogger WeRDevos said…

    Poor JJ Redick, always left out.


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