Just got one of those ESPN text messages saying that he will opt out of his contract to become a free agent this summer.
Although I don't see him in a Bobcats uniform, this creates one of the most expensive summers in my day. Never have I seen so many people go after money like it was going out of style (which, with this economy, may be a true simile and scenario)
Barnes may not DESERVE the kind of contract that he will get, but it's hard to disprove that when you start on a championship caliber team, play great defense, and even piss-off Kobe Bryant. Got to respect his defensive game.
But allow me to enter Rosterbation mode for one second:
If Barnes came to Charlotte, he would add a very nice and reliable backup SF to Gerald, and play stellar defense. That way, the best defensive team in the NBA just got better. Add Barnes attitude to Jax's and you have a very potent defense. Also, if you have Jax, Wallace, and Barnes on the floor at the same time, Barnes is enough to make defenses think twice about double teaming Jax or Wallace. I mean, the man can hit an open 3.
I foresee a future where Matt Barnes pulls a Hedo and follows the money.