think that most would agree that Matt is a better defender than Jeff.
I'm not sure whether most would agree with that or not. Green isn't much of a defender at PF, but he's average-to-above-average at SF (and stats rate him higher than that). Is Barnes still at that level? He certainly used to be, but I'm not sure that he is now. I'd say he's about average at defense against mostly backups.
He would be a huge asset versus the Heat in trying to at least guard LBJ on the perimeter and I think would do a fine job vs. Wade.[/quote]
He would be another body to throw against Lebron, which is why I'd be fine signing him. However, the defense he'd play would probably be below Pietrus' level, and certainly no better than third string.
I have no confidence that he could defend Wade, still one of the best SGs in the league. Barnes is just too slow.
He is a proven defender, unlike the horrifically overpaid Jeff Green.
Again, that's debatable. The scouting report you provided was from 2008. Barnes might not be 36, but he is 32, which is pretty old, especially for a perimeter player.
You slipped my question, though. If Barnes is as good as, or better than, guys like Green and Lee, why is he getting a minimum contract, while those guys are earning a combined $55 million+?