Matt Barnes caught a lucky break. Now he’s an NBA champion

Matt Barnes wasn’t supposed to be a part of this championship-winning Golden State Warriors lineup. He signed up to make money for a bad Sacramento Kings that didn’t sniff the playoffs. Yet he finished as a member of one of the greatest teams of all-time.

Barnes accidentally ring-chased with the Warriors when the opportunity hit him. Coincidentally, it happened to be with a team he had history with. It was a storybook ending to a career that ran full circle.

Barnes is a Warriors because Kevin Durant got hurt

Durant went down with an MCL injury late in February, which cost him two and a half months of play. The Warriors needed a replacement forward, and Barnes, a former Warrior, had recently been waived by the Sacramento Kings.

Days earlier, Golden State promised to sign Jose Calderon with its final roster spot. Durant’s injury shifted the Warriors’ plans, and though they followed through on their promise and paid Calderon, he was released two hours later.

That spot then belonged to Barnes.

In 20 appearances with the Warriors, he scored six points and added four rebounds, starting in a total of five games.

Barnes also has the Kings to thank for his new role

Barnes played for the Sacramento Kings until days before

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