Saturday, March 1, 2008

Brent "Burnt" Barry says "chuuuch, I'm a Spur baby"

Phoenix Suns General Manager Steve Kerr said Brent Barry told him Thursday tonight that he has chosen to re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs over Phoenix. Barry cleared waivers Tuesday after being traded by San Antonio last week to the Seattle SuperSonics, which released him Friday to set off a week of recruiting.

Barry will not be able to sign a deal with San Antonio until March 21 because NBA rules prohibit a player from re-signing with a team that traded him until 30 days after the deal was made.

"I spoke with Brent and he informed me he was going to stay in San Antonio," Kerr said. "He said that it was a tough decision but he's going to stay."

Source: Arizona Republic

PHOENIX (TICKER) —Free agent swingman Brent Barry won’t be going anywhere after all, according to a published report in the Arizona Republic on Thursday.

Barry, 36, reportedly informed Phoenix Suns general manager Steve Kerr that he chose the San Antonio Spurs over the Suns, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets.

A career 41 percent 3-point shooter who helped the Spurs win NBA titles in two of his four seasons with the team, Barry was traded by San Antonio to the Seattle SuperSonics along with center Francisco Elson as part of the Kurt Thomas trade on February 20. He was waived by the Sonics last Thursday.

“I spoke with Brent and he informed me he was going to stay in San Antonio,” Kerr told the Republic. “He said that it was a tough decision, but he’s going to stay.”

According to the paper, Barry will not be able to sign a deal with San Antonio until March 21 because NBA rules prohibit a player from re-signing with a team that traded him until 30 days after the deal was made.

Barry, nicknamed “Bones” for his 6-foot-7, 210-pound frame, is averaging 7.3 points and 1.9 rebounds for San Antonio this season. In 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Sonics and Spurs, he is averaging 9.7 points and 3.1 boards.

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