Matt Barnes is a retired National Basketball Association (NBA) star who mined his trade as a small forward player for about fifteen years in eleven different franchises. His professional career began in 2002 after he got drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round of the 2002 NBA draft.
His fourteen seasons in the NBA did not end unrewarded as he was part of the 2017 Golden State Warrior team that emerged as NBA champions. With a cherished championship ring in his finger, Matt Barnes took to his Instagram to announce his retirement from the game on December 11, 2017. The story of Matt Barnes, from his childhood to his professional life and retirement is told below.
Matt Barnes’ Age and Early Life
Matt Kelly Barnes was born on the 9th day in the month of March 1980 in Santa Clara, California. He has a mixed heritage, being born by a white mother, Anne Barnes, and an African-American father. He schooled in Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, California, where he exhibited his talent in both basketball and football games playing for the school teams. His spectacular performances earned him All-American, All-State, All-CIF, All-City, as well as All-League honors in each sport.
He forfeited football in favor of basketball when he got into the University of California, Los Angeles and went on to earn an All-Pacific-Ten Honorable Mention selection in his final year in 2001 at the completion of his four seasons with the college team.
The talented player declared for the 2002 NBA draft and was drafted as a 46th overall pick in the second round by the Memphis Grizzlies. However, he was quickly traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Wesley Person. The Cavaliers assigned him for the NBA D-League where he began the 2002-2003 league with the Fayetteville Patriots.
He spent just one season with the Fayetteville Patriots and the following season, he penned down a contract with the Long Beach Jam of the ABA in 2003 where his excellent skills helped the team clinch the ABA Championship. The outstanding display of the Santa Clara native earned him a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in the second half of the 2003/2004 season.
However, he did not stay long there as the Sacramento Kings hired him in October 2004 but traded him off to the Philadelphia 76ers alongside Chris Webber halfway through the 2004/2005 season. Matt Barnes could not play for the 76ers for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. In October 2005, he signed up with the New York Knicks where he managed to play six games before returning to 76ers where he completed the 2005/2006 season.
With a shambolic start to his NBA career, he contemplated leaving NBA for the NFL where he knew he would do well having excelled in football during his high school. He finally decided to remain in NBA and signed for the Golden State Warriors where he eventually spent 2 memorable seasons between 2006 and 2008. He left the Warriors for the Phoenix Suns on a one year contract on July 22, 2008.
Thereafter he inked a two-year contract with Orlando Magic on July 23, 2009, but left in 2010 to join Los Angeles Lakers on July 23, 2010, where he played till September 2012 when he returned to the Los Angeles Clippers. He left Clippers in 2015 to join Memphis Grizzlies franchise that drafted him in 2002 where he played a couple of games before exiting.
The Sacramento Kings welcomed him for a second stint on July 9, 2016, though he made no much impact before the Kings shipped him off to the Golden State Warriors where he finally hung his boot after winning the 2017 NBA Championship as his side the Warriors, came out victorious over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals.
He has now turned his attention to his NGO, Athletes versus Cancer which he set up in honor of his late mother who bowed to multiple cancer in 2007 and his production outfit which produces movies and shows. A few of his movie stint is Chocolate City and Huey Newton show.
What to Know About His Ex-Wife and Kids
The 6 feet 7 inches tall former basketballer was in matrimony with Gloria Govan who was part of the cast in HV1’s Basketball Wives and Basketball Wives: LA. Their union sadly hit the rocks in 2014, leading to their separation. However, their union produced twin sons named Isaiah Michael and Carter Kelly who were born in 2008.
The cause of their separation may not be unconnected with domestic violence which Matt Barnes was alleged to have perpetrated against Gloria Govan which was reported in 2010.
After almost two years of court drama, the couple’s divorce was finalized sometime in 2016 with the former athlete paying more in child support for his twins (he paid $20,000 per month instead of the previous $5,000 per child he paid all through 2016). Govan has moved in with Derek Fisher, who she is currently in a relationship with. He was a former teammate of Matt Barnes.
Barnes himself has also moved on with Anansa Sims, the daughter of former model Beverly Johnson. She had three kids from her previous relationship with David Peterson. The model Sims and Barnes in December 2018 welcomed another bundle of joy they named Ashton Joseph thus increasing the number of their kids to six.
Anansa Sims is size plus model signed to Wilhelmina Models in Los Angeles and has featured in many notable fashion magazines.
What Is His Salary And Net Worth?
Matt Barnes may not have been fortunate to enjoy a steady and stellar professional career like most of his peers, but at least Barnes made money from the sports. His net worth is quoted as $10 million by a reliable source. Thanks to the salaries worth over $3.4 million earned during his spell at the Los Angeles Clippers. Moreso, he has other businesses where he has vested interest in which also is bringing in more income.