- Ramona Shelburne, ESPN Senior Writer
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Barnes, 32, averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Los Angeles Lakers last season in the final season of a two-year deal, but was never fully healthy during his time with Staples Center's co-tenants. Barnes had knee surgery in the middle of the 2011 season, then suffered an ankle injury midway through the 2012 season and a freak neck injury playing with his children at the end of the season that affected his performance.
Signing Barnes would cap a productive summer for the Clippers who added veterans Jamal Crawford, Grant Hill, Ronny Turiaf and Ryan Hollins through free agency, re-signed Chauncey Billups and agreed to a contract extension with Blake Griffin.
The Los Angeles Clippers are closing in on a deal with free-agent forward Matt Barnes and could complete the deal by the end of the week, sources told ESPNLosAngeles.