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Lakers' Matt Barnes on the mend

Updated: June 9, 2011, 7:40 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Two weeks ago, Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes announced he would exercise the option in his contract to return to the team next year.

On Thursday the Lakers received news that suggested Barnes will be returning with a clean bill of health.

The eight-year veteran underwent an MRI on his right knee on Thursday that came back negative, showing continued improvement of the bone bruise he was suffering from.

"He'll continue to do rehab for at least ...

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