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Lakers add Barnes on a busy day

July 22, 2010 |  8:58 pm

First, Theo Ratliff signed a one-year deal. A few hours later, Matt Barnes followed with a two-year deal, giving the Lakers two defense-minded players in the matter of one day.

“It’s official,” Barnes wrote on his Twitter account Thursday night. “I am a Los Angles (sic) Laker. This is a dream come true!!!”

Barnes, a free-agent forward, agreed to a two-year deal worth about $3.8 million, with the second year a player option. Barnes, 30, averaged 8.8 points and 25.9 minutes a game last season for Orlando, his seventh team since leaving UCLA after his senior year in 2002.

Earlier this week, he appeared to be headed to Toronto for two years and $9 million as part of a sign-and-trade transaction, but the deal fell through.

Ratliff, 37, signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of $1.35 million, giving the Lakers a veteran shot-blocking presence on their second unit.

--MIke Bresnahan