Matt Barnes is moving down the hallway.
The small forward who spent two seasons with the Lakers is expected to change locker rooms inside Staples Center and sign with the Clippers later this week, according to a person close to the situation who was not authorized to discuss the matter until it becomes official.
Barnes will rejoin the team he started his NBA career with nine years ago after being a reserve with the Lakers last season, when he averaged 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds. After he suffered an ankle injury in the next-to-last game of the regular season, he averaged only 3.5 points (shooting 27.1%) and 3.3 rebounds in the playoffs.
He fell out of the rotation by the end of the Lakers’ Western Conference semifinal series against Oklahoma City, playing only four minutes in Game 4 and not at all in Game 5.