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Kings’ Matt Barnes fined $15,000 for actions against Heat

Jan. 4, 2016 - MATT BARNES (22) shoots a jumper. The Portland Trail Blazers hosted the Memphis Grizzlies at the Moda Center in Portland, OR, on Janurary 4th 2016. (Photo by David Blair/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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According to a Thursday afternoon report from Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Kings’ forward Matt Barnes has been fined $15,000 by the league for his “inappropriate language” directed at officials on Tuesday evening. The aforementioned foul language, that has now cost the troubled veteran a pretty penny, took place on the road in Miami as the Kings lost an overtime battle to the Heat by the score of 108-96.

As a result of the contest, Barnes failed to score a single point to accompany his two assists and eight rebounds across 22 minutes of action.

The 36-year-old has returned to Sacramento for a second stint with the Kings after also suiting up for the franchise all the way back in 2004. While appearing in just five games thus far into the 2016 campaign, Barnes previously made 43 appearances during his first go-round with the Kings while starting in nine of those contests.

This year, he has started only once for the Kings.

Last season, Barnes played for the Memphis Grizzlies after spending three seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. In addition, he has made stops with the New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers along the way.

In 2015, he averaged an even 10 points across 28.8 minutes per game for the Grizzlies. While appearing in 76 regular season contests with 45 starts under his belt, Barnes also managed an average of 2.1 assists and 5.5. rebounds.

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