Schmitz: Matt Barnes Speaks With Miami Heat, But Wants to Return to Orlando Magic

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 26: (L-R) Vince Carter #15 and Matt Barnes #22 of the Orlando Magic look on against the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 26, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

A few seats down from me at RDV SportsPlex, Tania Ganguli Brian Schmitz filed this report about Orlando Magic free-agent forward Matt Barnes. From Ganguli Schmitz:

"We’ve been in contact with Miami," Barnes said. "No question they’ve added some pieces with the Big Three."

Barnes said he also has been in contact with the L.A. Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks.

But not so much the Magic, the team he says is still "No. 1 on my list. I definitely want to stay in Orlando. That’s been my family’s stance as well."

Recall that Barnes did not exercise his player option of $1.6 million for the coming season, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Magic can offer him the $2.515 million of the mid-level exception leftover from signing point guard Chris Duhon, whose salary starts at $3.45 million. He is likely to find better offers elsewhere and it is thus difficult to imagine him returning to Orlando. But we will see how it all plays out.

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