30 Facts About Matt Barnes


Matt Barnes won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in his last season with the league in 2017.


Matt Barnes currently is a basketball analyst for ESPN as well as NBC Sports California for Sacramento Kings games.


Matt Barnes was born in Santa Clara, California, to a white mother and an African American father.


Matt Barnes attended Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California, where he was a letterman in football and basketball.


Matt Barnes earned All-American, All-State, All-CIF, All-City, and All-League honors in each sport.


Matt Barnes played four seasons of college basketball at UCLA, where he was an All-Pacific-10 Honorable Mention selection in 2001.


Matt Barnes was selected with the 46th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2002 NBA draft, and was immediately traded along with Nick Anderson, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Wesley Person.

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Matt Barnes signed with the Long Beach Jam of the ABA for their inaugural season in 2003, where he played with Dennis Rodman.


Matt Barnes made his debut for the Kings recording 17 points and 9 rebounds, establishing himself as a key rotation player for Sacramento.


Matt Barnes did not suit up for Philadelphia that season while recovering from a knee tendinitis, and was given an injury release.


Matt Barnes signed a free agent contract with the New York Knicks in October 2005.


Matt Barnes signed with the Golden State Warriors before their first day of training camp in October 2006, and effectively raised his status in the league since joining the team.


On July 22,2008, Matt Barnes signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.


On November 14,2008, Matt Barnes received a two-game suspension for his role in the scuffle with Houston's Rafer Alston two days earlier.


On July 23,2009, Matt Barnes signed a two-year deal with the Orlando Magic.


On July 23,2010, Matt Barnes signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.


Matt Barnes signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in September 2012.


In June 2013, Matt Barnes was named Defensive Player of the Year for the Clippers.


On July 10,2013, Matt Barnes re-signed with the Clippers to a multi-year deal.


In November 2013, Matt Barnes was fined $25,000 for not leaving the court in a timely manner after an ejection in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and for using his Twitter account during the game in violation of the NBA's rules.


On January 25,2015 he was fined $25,000 for what was said to be inappropriate language directed towards a fan during a game against the Phoenix Suns, although Matt Barnes said that it was directed towards the Suns' owner.


On June 15,2015, Matt Barnes was traded, along with Spencer Hawes, to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for shooting guard Lance Stephenson.


On December 28,2015, Matt Barnes was suspended by the NBA for two games for a physical altercation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher at the home of Matt Barnes' estranged wife in Southern California in October.


On January 13,2016, the NBA Players Association filed a grievance on behalf of Matt Barnes to get his two-game suspension without pay rescinded.


On July 9,2016, Matt Barnes signed with his hometown Sacramento Kings.

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On March 2,2017, just twelve days after being released from the Kings, Matt Barnes punctuated his career with an NBA Championship by signing with the Golden State Warriors.


Matt Barnes started in 5 games out of his 20 games played with the Warriors in the regular season.


On December 11,2017, Matt Barnes announced his retirement from the NBA via a post on Instagram.


Matt Barnes was married to Gloria Govan, who appeared in VH1's Basketball Wives and Basketball Wives: LA, and the couple have identical twin boys.


Matt Barnes was arrested in 2010 on suspicion of domestic violence against Govan, and for driving with a suspended license and threatening a police officer in July 2012.