LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 17: Matt Barnes #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to his errant pass during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center on April 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Riley Breckenridge, SB Nation) Former Los Angeles Lakers small forward Matt Barnes is close to moving across the hall at the Staples Center and becoming a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Sam Amick of SportsIllustrated.com.
Sources told Amick that the 32-year-old Barnes is leaning toward signing a deal that could be formalized later this week.
Barnes most recently made headlines when he was arrested by Manhattan Beach police for an outstanding traffic warrant. It was speculated that off-court trouble, along with a disappointing showing in the first round of last year's NBA playoffs, might lessen his chances to come back to the Lakers in 2012. Barnes averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in 22.9 minutes in 63 games for the team last season
Barnes began his NBA career with the Clippers in 2003 and has played for a total of eight different teams in the past nine seasons.
The Clippers have had a busy offseason, signing forward Blake Griffin to a five-year contract extension, re-signing guard Chauncey Billups, and signing guard Jamal Crawford, veteran small forward Grant Hill and big man Ronny Turiaf.