Matt Barnes officially exercises option to stay with the Lakers
This doesn't exactly qualify as breaking news.
Lakers forward Matt Barnes said unequivocally after Mike Brown's introductory news conference May 31 that he would exercise his $1.91-million option to return to the Lakers next season. But for the sake of dotting the I's and crossing the Ts, the Lakers made the official announcement Wednesday that has gone according to plan.
Aside from wanting to have stability after playing with eight teams in his nine-year NBA career, Barnes cited his frustration over the Lakers' four-game loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals and his own limited effectiveness after right-knee surgery as reasons for returning.
"The bitter taste in my mouth from here on out drove me to not want to go anywhere else," said Barnes, who averaged 6.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 19.2 minutes over 53 games last season. "I want to come back to right the ship."
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers forward Matt Barnes ends up on the floor after trying to get his hands on a rebound during the 2009-10 season opener against Houston at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / October 26, 2010