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Lakers Rumors: Will the Lakers Re-Sign Matt Barnes?

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During the NBA playoffs, Matt Barnes was one of the most inconsistent players for the Los Angeles Lakers as he struggled to play through injuries while averaging 3.5 points per game.

Along with the poor point production, Barnes couldn’t get back to form from beyond the arc. As if shooting 27.1 percent overall wasn’t bad enough for the NBA journeyman, Barnes was awful from three-point range with an ugly shooting percentage of 16.1 percent.

Now that the off-season has begun for Barnes, the 32-year-old will officially become an unrestricted free agent as of July 1. This isn’t new territory for veteran forward as Barnes has played for eight different teams throughout his career in the NBA and is no stranger to making changes via Mark Medina of the L.A. Times:

“I know probably better than anybody that this is a business,” said Barnes, who’s played for eight different teams in his nine-year career. “When you don’t win here, changes are made. With that said, I would like to return. But I have to sit down with my family and my agent and see what the cards hold. I’m not really thinking about that right now. I’m just going to relax and hang out with my family.”

With all sorts of different areas to address in both the starting lineup and the bench, it is uncertain if Barnes has earned a spot on this roster moving forward. There’s a good chance that the Lakers choose to re-sign 22-year-old forward Devin Ebanks over the nine-year veteran.

An indicator that Barnes might not have a future with the Lakers moving forward is the fact he didn’t even see the floor in the Game 5 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Ebanks being younger and still developing, Barnes might be searching for a new team once again this summer.

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  • http://twitter.com/iamraena iamraena

    keep ebanks, barnes needs to go. As much as i am a fan of his since his time with the Warriors. He hasn’t been playing up to par.

  • Anne Ong

    Re-sign. Barnes made a lot of sacrifices for this team. Taking a pay cut just so he can play for them while other players don’t even care where they play next season… Inconsistent due to injuries is understandable. Give him one more chance. The rest will be good for all of our players. 

  • BeatBoston

    If I were the Lakers, I would blow up the bench, get rid of Gasol, and the coaching staff. It is clearly evident that our team’s bench play, Gasol’s inconsistency and softness, and Mike Brown cost us our season. Trade Partners that we should be looking at is Houston, Memphis, Minnesota, Phoenix, Atlanta, and maybe Orlando. The first move I would make is that I would demote Mike Brown to our defensive assistant coach. The next coaching move I would make is to reinstate Brian Shaw to the head coach and have him pick the rest of his coaching staff. Brian Shaw can help us regroup our offense again, and he is well respected by Kobe and the players who had him before. The next front office move I would make is to fire Mitch Kupchak and to bring back Jerry West, or Kurt Rambis as a General Manager. These two men are well respected player figures in Los Angeles. They will be well recepted in Los Angeles. If this doesn’t work, I would promote Jeanie Buss as the General Manager. Unlike Mitch, She has a Brain.

    Player moves that I would make:
    Move 1-Sign Michael Beasely using trade exception from Odom
    Reason: This is the easiest way to recieve a all around scoring threat from free agency.
    Beasly also has size and versitility. Beasely can guard 2′s through 4′s and could play shooting guard through power forward.

    Move 2- Trade Pau Gasol for Zach Randolph and OJ Mayo 
    or
    Trade Pau Gasol for Josh Smith and Jeff Teague
    or 
    Trade Pau Gasol for Lamarcus Aldrige and Wesley Matthews
    or
    Trade Pau Gasol for Kevin Martin and Kyle Lowry.
    or 
    Pau Gasol for Stephen Curry and David Lee
    or 
    Pau Gasol for Tyreke Evans and Demarcus Cousins
    or 
    Pau Gasol for Deron Williams

    Reason- As you can see, most of these Pau Gasol trades, except the Atlanta one; gives us a sixth man and a power forward with skill and toughness. The Memphis- Lakers trade works the best for Pau Gasol personally. Pau will have the ability to pair with his brother Marc and Memphis was very open a couple weeks ago about shipping Mayo. The second trade with Atlanta is a great one because it one that we could steal. Josh Smith is in his prime and is a top 10 power forward and Jeff Teague is lightning quick and can stay with quick guards.
    The Portland one is good because Lamarcus Aldrige is basically an all star caliber player, and Wes Matthews is a sniper off the bench. Plus, his dad was a former Laker. Next, the Houston trade  will give us a nice starting point guard in Lowry and a Shotgun off the bench in Kevin Martin. The Golden state trade can give us to players in their prime, and Stephen Curry and Kobe backcourt can be nice if both are healthy. The Sacremento one Pau Gasol for Demarcus Cousins would better prepare our team for the future. Last, Pau gasol for Deron Williams would give us a dangerous backcourt of Kobe and Deron. This will spell danger for the rest of the NBA.Anyone one of these moves would significantly help our team. 

    Move 3- Resign Hill, Ebanks, Morris, Sessions
    Reason- These players are very young and are yet to reach their true prime.Move 4- Sign Odom to a mini mid level exception
    Reason- Odom can be signed to a cheaper price, and next seson he will come back in shape and in focus. The reason for his poor play is that he was mentally broken from what Mitch Kupchak tried to feature him in the almost Chris Paul trade. Prior to that trade, he had one of his best seasons ever. He gained the 6th man of the year award. I feel that without his reality show and the media, he will be hungry.

    Move 5- Sign Shannon Brown
    or 
    Trade Blake, Murphy, McRoberts,and Eyenga and use cash considerations for sign Steve Nash.

    Reason- It is clear that to win a champioship in this league nowadays, you have to be somewhat athletic. I feel if we sign Brown he would have the foot speed and athleticism to keep up with quick point guards. Plus, I would like him to be the new starting point guard. The Steve Nash move will bring us a smart point guard who can see the floor the best and he can shoot the lights out. Nash’s specialty is to drop dimes. I am also against this move because he is aging, has a back health condition, and isn’t the best option on defense.

    I think that these series of moves will bring us back to the top.
    LakeShow is back 2013 BaBy!

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