Lakers sign free agent F Barnes

The Miami Heat aren’t the only team getting good players at bargain prices.

Free-agent forward Matt Barnes has agreed to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Yahoo Sports.

Barnes reportedly will be paid $3.6 million, about half what the Cleveland Cavaliers offered for the same two-year period. He chose to join the two-time defending champions and return to California, where he was born, raised and played at UCLA.

Barnes, a feisty defender, is likely to back up Kobe Bryant and Ron Artest. He started 58 games for the Orlando Magic last season, averaging 8.8 points and 5.5. rebounds.

The Lakers will be Barnes’ eighth team in eight NBA seasons.

The Lakers also signed veteran center Theo Ratliff on Thursday.