Matt Barnes knows a thing or two about NBA free agency. He's been one on eight different occasions, including this one, and has worn the jerseys of eight different franchises in his 10 years as a pro.
That includes the red, white and blue threads of the Los Angeles Clippers, with whom he's set to extend his second stint by way of a three-year deal worth upwards of $11 million. It's a big step for Barnes, who's never spent more than two consecutive seasons with a single team.
But that nomadism is anything but a blight on Barnes' profile as a basketball journeyman. On the contrary, the fact that teams find space on their rosters and money in their pockets to sign him year after year speaks to his value as a seasoned wing-forward who plays hard and can affect the outcome of a game in a number of ways.
The sort of impact for which Barnes feels he's still underpaid. Bleacher Report recently had a chance to catch up with Barnes on the phone while he was vacationing with his family at Lake Tahoe on the border between California and Nevada. The outspoken veteran of the Association had plenty to say about the free-agent experience, where the Clippers currently stand, the state of UCLA basketball (i.e. his alma mater) and more.