« BACK TO TMZ TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

NBA Star Matt Barnes

I Was Underpaid

For a Loooong Time

7/19/2013 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

071913_matt_barnes_launchAfter more than a decade in the league, NBA star Matt Barnes FINALLY signed the mega-contract he's always wanted ... telling TMZ, "I've been underpaid for a long time."

Barnes -- who recently inked a 3-year $11 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers -- was working out at TapouT in L.A. yesterday when we congratulated him on striking it rich.

"It's been a long time coming," said Barnes ... who only made $854,389 last season.

When we asked why he thought it took so long to get such a big contract, Barnes didn't hold back -- saying, "I don't know ... I don't think they liked me."

It's unclear who the "they" is ... considering he's played for multiple NBA teams including the Lakers, the Suns, Orlando and Golden State.

FYI -- back in 2010, Barnes passed on more lucrative offers to sign with the Lakers, hoping the opportunity to play in L.A. would lead him to a bigger contract down the line. It didn't work out at the time, but after the incredible season he had with the Clips last year, it would have been hard for the team NOT to show him the money.

Congrats.

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
34 COMMENTS

No Avatar
1.

cabuchholz73    

UNDERPAID????????
UnF*^KING believable...

398 days ago
2.

notalawyer    

President Barack Obama earns a base salary of $400,000 per year

398 days ago
3.

Evelyn    

YOU'RE RIGHT MATT - WE DIDN'T LIKE YOU AND WE STILL DON'T!!!! YOU AND YOUR NASTY B*TCH, HOLLYWOOD STARVED GIRLFRIEND/WIFE/BABY MOMMA! WISH BOTH OF YOU WOULD JUST GO AWAY!

398 days ago
4.

SomeGuy32    

Matt Barnes made $1,229,255 last season. He was a 9 year veteran - so he got the 9 year vet minimum ($854,389 is the 2 year veteran minimum).

He has made $12,577,372 so far in his career before this new contract (including 1 year of $3,000,000)

Where the hell do you guys fact check?

398 days ago
5.

dreamer4u    

I give him maybe 2 seasons...

398 days ago
6.

billybob    

"Show me the money" you *****...

398 days ago
7.

dianne    

Another overpaid, basketball THUG.

398 days ago
8.

EMB    

ONLY 850k, poor baby.

398 days ago
9.

Brian    

Boo hoo. Only $854,389? That's robbery. All athletes should make $100 million a year. They're so worth it.

/sarcasm off

398 days ago
10.

Rich    

Lets hope he saves his money instead of buying a mutli million $ house and expensive cars. And stay away from those baby mamas too, they can get expensive.

398 days ago
11.

nof    

Totally agree with M.B.


Great, great basketball player -


PERCEIVED as a thug - judged unfairly/negatively -


Despite the fact Kobe Bryant went to the Lakers and said:


"Get this guy no matter what it takes."


Pressure doesn't faze M.B. -


Going up against great offensive players doesn't faze M.B.


I personally think he's a steal at eleven mil over 3.


He should be making that YEARLY for his Game.


Can do everything - the complete basketball player -

398 days ago
12.

Brien    

Contrary to Matt's beliefs, he was paid appropriately for his skill level (mediocre at best). Considering all the baggage he comes with, I find it hard to believe any team would pay $11 mil for that guy.

398 days ago
13.

nof    

Word Forward:


If Matt Barnes, with HIS Game?


Were white?


He'd have his own talk show, his own cereal -


His own street.


As a WHITE former Division 2 point guard?


I'm saying we players KILL to play with someone of Matt Barnes' skill, talent, ferocity -


Guy's a super-star - not just good great -

398 days ago
14.

nof    

How to fairly/accurately compensate Matt Barnes, take three, third of three as we say ...


You get the actual break-down of Jeremy Lin's contract?!


Then you DOUBLE it.


Meaning 44 million over three.


NOT eleven.


If you PUT Matt Barnes on Jeremy Lin for the eve?


Gonna be a LONG-G night - for Harvard.

398 days ago
15.

Syreeta    

Underpaid? YOU SUCK!!!!! You should be lucky you're not sent down to a high school team!

398 days ago
| 1 | 2 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web