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Clippers, Matt Barnes agree to a three-year deal

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The Clippers and free agent Matt Barnes have agreed on a deal for the small forward to return to the team.

Barnes will sign a three-year deal worth about $11 million, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the negotiations.

The first two years of the contract will be guaranteed.

Barnes took to Twitter on Friday to let people know:

RT @CP3: I'M IN!!! #CLIPPERNATION... I guess that makes two of us!! Lets get this...

— Matt Barnes (@Matt_Barnes22) July 5, 2013

The Clippers used part of their $5.1 million mid-level exception on Barnes, and it probably means the team won’t be able to sign free-agent power forward Carl Landry, who walked away from a $4-million contract next season with the Golden State Warriors and was seeking at least that much in a new deal.

Barnes can’t sign his contract until Wednesday, the day the NBA lifts its free-agent moratorium.

Barnes, 33, had a strong year last season in a reserve role for the Clippers, averaging 10.3 points a game and shooting 34.2% from beyond the three-point arc.

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