Cohen 8-Ball: Ranking Most Significant Free Agent Signings in Magic History

Matt Barnes

 

#7 Matt Barnes (2009)

After the Magic decided not to retain Hedo Turkoglu and with the team acquiring a more dependable perimeter scorer in Vince Carter, it was imperative for Orlando to seek a willing and committed defender. Though he wasn’t established – six teams in five years – Barnes was an idyllic addition to the Magic. He served as an enforcer in many ways and helped irritate stars such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James when they matched up.

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