Lakers Rumors: Matt Barnes close to signing with Lakers, according to report

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Could the swingman be on his way back to the Lakers?

Matt Barnes might be returning to the Los Angeles Lakers for "around" the mini mid-level exception, according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN. The Los Angeles Clippers are also in the mix.

Barnes spent two seasons with the Lakers before signing with the Clippers last Summer. Barnes publicly blamed former Lakers head coach Mike Brown as the reason he did not return. The Lakers reached out to Barnes once free agency officially began on July 1.

The Lakers have lost depth since the start of free agency and will need to replace key rotation players. Earl Clark, who filled in minutes at both power forward and small forward, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Antawn Jamison is not expected to return for a second year in Los Angeles.

Barnes averaged a career-high 10.3 points per game in his lone season with the Clippers.

Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers front office have "contacted" a handful of players seeking help on the perimeter but have not reached any verbal agreements yet.

- Drew

- Follow this author on Twitter @DrewGarrisonSBN

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