Orlando Magic sign Matt Barnes to 2-year deal; Watson moves closer to signing offer sheet

As the Orlando Magic continue to stockpile talent in an incredibly eventful offseason, the team has agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent small forward Matt Barnes, Marc Stein is reporting. The deal is worth $3.2 million over the two seasons. Most people close to the team expected the Magic to sign Barnes, but that knowledge was wavering as more and more time passed since the Brandon Bass signing almost two weeks ago. Barnes, at 6-foot-7 and 235 pounds, is a versatile player who can play anywhere from shooting guard to power forward. The Magic have an influx of power forwards, meaning Barnes will likely spend most of his time at small forward and Mickael Pietrus will become the primary backup to Vince Carter. We’re getting ahead of ourselves, though. Barnes, 29, is coming off the best season of his career, posting career-highs of 10.2 points, 2.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 27.0 minutes. He started 40 games for the Suns. He gets most of his points from the outside, taking 75 percent of his shots from outside of the paint. He’s a career 33.2 percent 3-point shooter. UPDATE: C.J. WATSON EXPECTED TO SIGN SOON The Magic are expected to sign an offer sheet for Watson now that Barnes is locked up. A couple of sources at the Las Vegas summer league said the Magic would do it over the weekend – evidently, the Watson signing was on hold until the Magic could sure up Barnes. Because Watson is restricted, the Magic would have had their hands tied for a week while the Warriors decided to match or not, and Barnes may have gone elsewhere. Here’s the latest from the Watson situation, courtesy of the Oakland Tribune:

Representatives for Watson — who already has turned down a one-year, $2.3 million offer from the Philadelphia 76ers — spent Monday trying to hammer out a deal with the Magic. Watson is hoping for a three-year deal. Because he is a restricted free agent, the Warriors have the right to match any offer Watson signs though they are over the salary cap limit.

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