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Cavaliers Sign Matt Barnes and Smush Parker to Contracts

Matt Barnes' quickness and athleticism turned heads at the RMR.
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CLEVELAND, Sept. 25 -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Matt Barnes and free agent guard William "Smush" Parker to contracts, it was announced on Wednesday by Jim Paxson, Senior Vice President and General Manager. Per team policy, contract terms were not disclosed.

The Cavaliers acquired the rights to Barnes along with Nick Anderson from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Wesley Person on June 26, 2002.

Barnes was selected in the second round (46th overall pick) in the 2002 NBA Draft out of UCLA. He averaged 8.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg in four seasons for the Bruins. Barnes was part of the Cavs' contingent at the 2002 Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City, averaging 8.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.3 apg in 6 games.

Parker, 21, averaged 16.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 4.5 apg in 28 games as a sophomore last season at Fordham University. The 6-4 guard was named to the 2001-02 All-Atlantic 10 Second Team. Parker played his freshman season in 1999-2000 at the College of Southern Idaho.


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