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Report: Vince Carter signing three-year, $12 million contract with Grizzlies


By signing Chandler Parsons to an offer sheet, the Mavericks greatly increased their chances of losing Vince Carter and Shawn Marion.

Dallas renounced those two to clear the cap room necessary for Parsons, though the Mavericks could still re-sign either. They just could no longer exceed the cap to do so or offer larger annual raises.

However, if the Rockets match Parsons’ offer, Dallas could un-renounce the players.

Carter isn’t waiting around for that.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Three years is a little long for Carter, who’s already 37, though the partial guarantee helps. He’s developed into a fine role player in the latter stages of his career, but the wear and tear is already showing.

He’ll add depth to the Grizzlies, though. With Mike Miller clearly headed out – possibly to join LeBron James in Cleveland – Memphis needs another wing. Carter won’t completely replace Miller’s 3-point shooting, but he’s still good from beyond the arc and a better defender.

Carter will help the Grizzlies compete for a playoff berth this season. In the two years beyond that, it gets dicey for a player so old, but the hope is he can keep filling the same role.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.