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Reports: Matt Barnes Signs with the Toronto Raptors

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We've known for a few days now that free-agent forward Matt Barnes wouldn't return to the Orlando Magic; the only blank left was which team he'd join. We now have an answer, as Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Stein report that Barnes has signed a two-year deal, with the second year a player option, worth $9 or $10 million with the Toronto Raptors. On his Twitter account, Barnes confirmed he signed with Toronto, but did not disclose contract terms. He also thanked Magic fans and expressed his wish that "things could have went down alil [sic] differently."

Barnes averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in his only season with the Magic, including 10.1 points and 6.0 boards in 58 starts. Magic GM Otis Smith elected to pursue Quentin Richardson, whom he termed "a better skill player" than Barnes, in free-agency this summer rather than re-sign Barnes.

For the second straight summer, Barnes signed a two-year deal with the second year at his option to replace Hedo Turkoglu at small forward, which is kind of odd, when you think about it.