SacTown’s Finest is coming home
The Sacramento Kings were going to bring home a native son one way or another for the 2016-17 season. They called former Oak Ridge High standout Ryan Anderson at 9:01pm PST with an offer to open the free-agent bidding. They selected Elk Grove’s Marquese Criss with the 8th overall pick in the NBA Draft.
But Anderson will have signed with the Houston Rockets for $80 million and Criss was immediately traded to the Phoenix Suns after being drafted by his hometown team.
So who was left? Del Campo’s own Matt Barnes of course. The 13-year NBA veteran will be paid $12 million over the next two years, with a player option for year two. Cheap cheap!
Barnes is a very gritty defensive specialist who can score a little too. He is known as a great locker-room guy and will bring a sense of toughness to a team that has always been known as being a bit of a pushover. Last year he averaged 10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Yes, the same Grizzlies who were coached by new Kings head coach Dave Joerger.
Barnes was recently seen at Demarcus Cousin’s youth basketball camp and actually stated that he would love to play out the rest of his career in Sac. Cousins is known to want Barnes on his team as well.
All-in-all, another solid signing by General manager Vlade Divac. The 36-year-old Barnes can effectively give the team 15-20 good minutes when called upon, and isn’t going to complain about being in NBA Siberia.
That’s four free-agent signings. Three 2-year deals and one 3-year deal. The Kings continue to make smart short-term contracts that will serve the team today and give them flexibility tomorrow. None of these players are hot young prospects that you would want to lock up for the long-term. But, they fill a need and provide some quality veteran leadership.