Hawks ship Barry to Houston for Lue
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks Thursday traded guard Jon
Barry to the Houston Rockets in exchange for guard Tyronn Lue.
Barry, a 13-year NBA veteran, signed a free-agent contract with Atlanta in
September but has seen limited playing time due to the emergence of rookies
Josh Childress and Royal Ivey in the backcourt. The 35-year-old has not played
in the Hawks’ last eight games and is averaging 5.2 points and 1.8 assists in
16 contests this season.
Lue, who averaged 6.0 points and 2.8 assists in 21 games with the Rockets,
joins his fourth team in three years. The former Nebraska product scored a
career-best 10.5 points-per-game clip with the Orlando Magic last season
before being dealt to Houston in the offseason as part of the trade which
brought Tracy McGrady to the Rockets and sent Steve Francis to Orlando.
“This was done because of the development of our young players — Josh
Childress, Josh Smith and Royal Ivey,” said Hawks executive vice
president/general manager Billy Knight. “We didn’t feel like there would be a
lot of playing time for Jon at that shooting guard position.”
Barry, a first round draft choice by Boston in 1992, has averaged 5.7 points
in 748 career games with Milwaukee, Golden State, Atlanta, the Los Angeles
Lakers, Sacramento, Detroit and Denver. He is a career 38.7 percent shooter
from three-point range.
Lue has averaged 7.8 points and 3.2 assists in six-plus seasons. The 27-year
old began his career with the Lakers in 1998 and was a member of Los Angeles’
world championship clubs of 1999-00 and 2000-01. He signed with Washington the
following campaign and spent two years with the Wizards before inking with