The LA Clippers will open the regular season Wednesday night without forward Matt Barnes. The NBA suspended Barnes Tuesday with no pay after he pled "no contest" to "resisting" and "obstructing" a police officer.
Barnes, 32, was arrested in July for driving on a suspended license and resisting arrest, TMZ reports.
The suspended license charge was dropped when Barnes proved he had a valid licence.
At first, Barnes was also to be charged with the felony of threatening a police officer, The LA Times reports, but the Los Angeles County's district attorney's office decided to file a misdemeanor against the basketball player. Both sides reached a deal.
Barnes tweeted that his suspension was a "#JOKE," but wished his team luck in their season opener against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Clippers signed Barnes last month. Before that, he spent two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was drafted by Memphis Grizzlies in 2002, but spent his years playing in the D-League and the ABA. He actually began his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers, and played for many other teams including The Warriors, Kings, Sixers, Suns, and Magic.
Barnes will play Friday when the Clippers face his former teammates, the Lakers.