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Barnes signs reported one-year, $3 million deal


OAKLAND, Calif. -- Forward Matt Barnes re-signed with the
Golden State Warriors on Monday, agreeing to a one-year deal after
enjoying his best NBA season with the club last year.

Barnes, a four-year veteran who has played for five teams, had
career-best averages of 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists
last season in coach Don Nelson's uptempo offense.

He also made headlines with his energetic play, a mohawk haircut
and a tattoo reading "Believe" -- especially while the Warriors
upset top-seeded Dallas and advanced to the second round of the
playoffs.

"I am really excited to be back with the Warriors," Barnes
said. "As I've said all along, this was my first choice and the
place that I wanted to continue my career. I really enjoy playing
for this team, and feel very comfortable with the entire
organization."

Barnes shopped his services to several teams as a free agent,
but couldn't find a lucrative deal despite changing agents twice.
His contract with Golden State is expected to be worth slightly
more than $3 million -- the remainder of the Warriors' mid-level
salary cap exemption.

"He was a key contributor to our success last season, and we
anticipate that he will play a vital role with our club again
during the upcoming season," said Chris Mullin, the Warriors'
executive vice president of basketball operations.

"The intangibles that he provides our team -- energy, hustle and
effort -- are a tribute to his work ethic and have certainly aided
his development as a player. Plus, he is a very good fit for our
team."