posted on Jul, 10 2004 @ 02:31 PM
Unrestricted free agent guard Brent Barry will sign a four-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs for between $22 and $24 million, a source told ESPN's
The 32-year-old Barry chose the Spurs over a four-year offer for the full mid-level exception from the Portland Trail Blazers, in part because he
thought the Spurs were closer to contending for a championship. Barry also turned down a three-year offer worth $18 million from his former team, the
Seattle Sonics, wanting a four-year offer.
"Brent called and informed us that if everything goes according to plan, he expects to sign with San Antonio," Sonics general manager Rick Sund said
Saturday, according to The Associated Press. "If that's the case, we certainly wish him well."
Barry's signing completes a strong 48-hour period for the Spurs; they agreed to terms on Thursday with guard Manu Ginobili. The Spurs will now have a
three-guard rotation of Tony Parker, Ginobili and Barry, who can play both guard positions.
The Spurs are now expected to complete their offseason spending by re-signing forward Bruce Bowen, who opted out of the last year of his contract.
Bowen is expected to receive a three-year deal from San Antonio worth $9 million.
Now that the Sonics have lost Barry, discussions they were having with the Rockets about trading guard Antonio Daniels for draft picks probably will
end as well.