Matt Barnes is a former NBA player known as Journeyman, having played for seven different teams in his 14-year league career. He’s most (in)famous for his off-court incidents but was notable for it too, winning his first and only NBA championship as a member of the Golden State Warriors in 2017, his final season.
Matt Barnes was born on March 9, 1980 in SantaClara, California to a Caucasian mother and an African American father. He attended Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California, where he excelled in American football and basketball, playing heavily on both school teams. He earned All-American, All-State, All-City, and All-League honors in both sports.
Barnes then played college basketball football for the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, he played four seasons, completing his college program before turning pro. In his senior year, he was selected for the All-Pacific-10 Honorable Mention.
He declared for the 2002 NBA draft and was selected with the 46th overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies, however, immediately traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers who in turn assigned him to the NBA Development League. He joined the Fayetteville Patriots for the 2002-2003 season.
The following year, Barnes signed with the LongBeach Jam, a semi-professional American Basketball Association (ABA) men’s basketball team. He played alongside Dennis Rodman on the team and was able to head towards the ABA Championship. During the 2003-04 season, the Los Angeles Clippers offered him a contract.
This was the start of his journeyman career as the following year he signed for the Sacramento Kings and, despite his ability to establish himself as a key player in the rotation, was halfway through the season, again traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Injuries prevented him from playing any role with the team before he was released with injury.
For the 2005-06 season, Barnes signed an agent contract with the New York Knicks. He had an impressive start to the season but was again watched after just six games. The 76ers picked him up and he finished the season there.
Barnes was torn between continuing his dwindling NBA career or going to try out an NFL team that excelled as a wide receiver in high school. He gave basketball one more try and between 2006 and 2008 he found some stability after signing with the Golden State Warriors. He was given good playing time with the team, which helped raise his profile in the league. In December 2006, he managed to tie the franchise record for most three-point shots made with seven three-point field goals.
His shooting accuracy from behind the arc as well as his overall attacking game improved tremendously in his first season with the team. He played in 76 games and averaged 9.8 pts per game. Barnes seemed like he was made for the limelight as he helped his team, the eighth seed in the Western Conference, defeat the number one-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the 2007 playoffs.
His performances earned him another one-year contract with the team and he was also named team captain alongside teammates Stephen Jackson and Baron Davis.
After his second season with the Warriors, he signed one-year contracts with the Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers. He extended his stay with the Lakers for a year before joining his old team, the Lakers rival Clippers. He was named Defensive Player of the Year for the Clippers in 2013.
In 2015, Barnes returned to the team that drafted him, Memphis Grizzlies, following a trade. He then made a move to the Kings before returning to the Bay Area to rejoin the Warriors following an injury to Kevin Durant. With the team, he managed to win an NBA championship before calling it a day in his career.
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Family (wife, children, divorce)
Matt Barnes was married to Gloria Govan, a reality TV actress who appeared on VH1’s Basketball Wives and Basketball Wives: LA. The couple have twin boys together; Isaiah Michael and Carter Kelly.
Barnes’ marital problems were his wife accused him of domestic violence. He also had a physical altercation with his former teammate, Derek Fisher, who would date his ex-wife when he found her at Govan’s house.
After two years of marriage, they separated in 2014.
Matt Barnes Net Worth (Salary)
Matt Barnes is estimated to be around $10 million. This is thanks to the salary he earned throughout his professional basketball career.
He has currently taken on a few projects including a bedding company and a production company working on movies after promising to be a billionaire by the time he turns 50. He also engages in many philanthropic activities. He founded a foundation, Athletes Against Cancer, in honor of his late mother who died in 2007, days after being diagnosed with the disease.
Quick facts (measurements, height)
Birth name: Matt Kelly Barnes
Place of birth: Santa Clara, California, USA
Date of birth: March 9, 1980
Weight: 226 lbs (103 kg)
Height: 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Marital status: Divorced
Occupation: Professional basketball player (retired)
Education: University of California, Los Angeles