May 6, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes (9) shoots the ball during the second half of game four in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Pepsi Center. The Lakers won 92-88. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

Rumor: Former Laker Matt Barnes Possibly Coming To Boston?


You read that right; the Celtics are supposedly interested in Matt Barnes and vise versa. Barnes, an aging small forward, may be a good fit in Boston. Personally, I’d prefer size instead. One thing that I’m sure fans will start asking is how much do we pay him?

I highly doubt the Celtics will offer Barnes the bi-annual exception worth $2 million, but they do have the option of signing him to a veteran’s minimum. Another thing that sticks out to me is his attitude and the way he caries himself. In the last few years we’ve had players who were high maintenance off the court. But if he is willing to come in with the right attitude and mindset, I wouldn’t mind having him.

He’s another player to help cover LeBron, and if he does join the team, it may indicate what the Celtics might do with Jeff Green this season. Two years ago the Celtics played Green at power forward, adding Barnes who is a small forward may allow Boston to play Green at either position.

Without going too deep into speculation, the outcome of having Barnes joining Boston could give the Celtics the option to have Jeff Green and Chris Wilcox backup Brandon Bass at power forward, and have Kevin Garnett, Fab Melo, Jared Sullinger, and Jason Collins playing at center. This not only helps the Celtics depth, but it also gives Doc Rivers flexibility with the roster.

Here is a snip from the original source from Rant Sports -

BOSTON- The NBA rumors are again taking on a Boston Celtics flavor. During a recent interview Los Angeles Lakers free agent small forward Matt Barnes let the world know that he is a free agent and talking to a few other teams besides the Lakers. One of the NBA teams rumored to be in the mix for Barnes services are the Boston Celtics.

Right now I’d take this rumor with a grain of salt. Even though the rumor is starting to make the rounds on social media, I don’t know the legitimacy and credibility of the source, but it’s creating a buzz around Celtics Nation nonetheless.

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  • rjay1

    if you get Matt you’ll be getting value. He is underrated and Lakers front office is dumb to let him go. your gain our loss.