Clippers Sign Andre Barrett

The Clippers have signed point guard Andre Barrett from the D League.  Here's the press release:

CLIPPERS SIGN GUARD ANDRE BARRETT

The Los Angeles Clippers today signed free agent guard Andre Barrett to a 10-day contract. Barrett comes to the Clippers from the NBA Development League's Austin Toros, becoming the league's 16th Gatorade Call-up and the 13th D-League player to be called to an NBA roster this season.

Barrett played 30 games this season for the Bakersfield Jam of the Development League, averaging 18.9 points, 8.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds in 38.2 minutes before being traded to Austin on Feb. 25.

A former stand-out at Seton Hall University, the Clippers will be Barrett's sixth NBA team. He has averaged 3.4 points, 2.0 assist and 1.1 rebounds in 63 career NBA games over the course of three seasons. Barrett started his NBA career with Houston in 2004-05, appearing in 27 games for the Rockets and averaging 2.1 points before finishing the season with Orlando. Barrett played in two games for Phoenix in 2005-06 and then made 17 appearances for the Toronto Raptors that season, averaging a career-best 4.6 points in 15.4 minutes. The Bronx, New York product played in six games for Chicago last season, averaging 1.3 points.

At the time the Clippers waived Sam Cassell, it was reported that they were going to sign Flip Murray who had been waived by Detroit.  That never made a lot of sense to me - as a 28 year old scorer whose been around the league some, Flip made sense for a team that still had a shot at the playoffs, but not a lot of sense for the Clippers necessarily.  Teams have tried to make Flip into a point, but he's not.  And the Clippers need a point.  Certainly Flip would rather play for a team with playoff aspirations.  And indeed, he has signed with the Pacers (yes, the Pacers are a potential playoff team - ladies and gentleman, I give you the Eastern Conference).

I like Barrett better for the Clippers anyway.  I was chatting with Matt from Hardwood Paroxysm the other day (who as you may know, is a bit of a D League junkie) and he was all over Barrett.  And although I'm not a big fan of Big East basketball, I remember the dude at Seton Hall and he's a stud.

There's a small problem with Barrett.  He's 5'10".  Bringing to three (out of three) the number of Clipper point guards who are teeny tiny by NBA standards.  

Still, the guy is worth a look.  He's been tearing up the D League, and in particular shooting the three very well this season (almost 46%).  And although he is small, he's built more like a corner back, where Dickau is built more like an accountant.  And as I mentioned, Matt likes him - so there's that.

As the press release states he's had a cup of coffee with 5 other NBA teams in three seasons - and he's actually been in training camp with two more.  So he's probably one of those guys who's never quite going to stick.  But here's hoping he turns out to be one of those Mario Elie, Darrell Armstrong feel good stories about the guy who perseveres and finally makes it as a productive NBA player.

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