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March 1st, 2017

Warriors Sign Matt Barnes In Wake Of Durant Injury

Mike Anguilano @SixthMan_Mike
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Matt Barnes is excited to return to the Golden State Warriors (Jed Jacobson/Getty Images)

The Golden State Warriors are not wasting any time with the Kevin Durant injury hot on their plate. The team has agreed to sign forward Matt Barnes according to ESPN. Barnes also tells ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that he will sign for the rest of the year as opposed to a 10-day deal.

Barnes also made the announcement on his Instagram and appears very happy to be back in the bay. He played with the Warriors from 2006-2008 and was part for the team that shockingly beat the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in 2007. Barnes tells The Undefeated’s Marcus J. Spears “It’s a dream come true” to be back with Golden State.

Barnes was cut by the Sacramento Kings after the DeMarcus Cousins trade, despite still being owed $6.5 million next season. He figures to get a decent amount of minutes with the Warriors in Durant’s absence. In order to get Barnes, the Warriors will be releasing recent free-agent pickup Jose Calderon according to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Chris Haynes. The Warriors, out of respect for the situation, will still sign Calderon and then waive him, ensuring he still gets paid from Golden State.

The team officially announced the Matt Barnes signing.

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