Former Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes is possibly looking to return to the Bay Area this summer — under one condition.
During an episode of Hollywood Unlocked, the 36-year-old forward picked “Cleveland in 7,” as his NBA Finals champion. His reason for it was very peculiar, “Because I want to possibly go to Golden State next year and help them win.”
Barnes wrapped up his first season with the Memphis Grizzlies after the San Antonio Spurs dismantled them in the first round of the playoffs. The swingman appeared in 76 games and averaged 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in a tick under 29 minutes per game.
He spent two years with the Warriors from 2006-2008 and was a part of the squad that upset the 67-15 Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs in 2007.
Barnes would be bringing a lot of baggage to the Bay, most notably his ongoing hatred of Derek Fisher, which is the only conceivable downside of signing him. His game isn’t predicated on his offensive ability, and he wouldn’t take shots away from anyone in the offense. On defense, he has the height and length to defend two or three different positions. (“Two or three” could very likely evolve into four or five since teams are shifting over to small ball more.)
Along with versatility, he would bring his uncanny ability to irritate opposing players, a skill that no one has on the Warriors aside from Draymond Green.