Thursday , Feb , 28 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

San Antonio the Right Move for Brent Barry


Suns General Manager Steve Kerr got to shake hands Tuesday with the NBA’s most coveted free agent, Brent Barry, but there was no handshake agreement that Barry would join the Suns.Between scouting games at Kansas State on Monday night and Vanderbilt on Tuesday night, Kerr dropped in on the San Antonio home of a wavering Barry to make a two-hour pitch to him and his wife, Erin, on the day that Barry’s decision was expected.

Barry only whittled his candidate list to San Antonio and Phoenix, leaving them to wait for an answer Wednesday. Each team is offering a veteran’s minimum contract that includes the 2008-09 season, but the Spurs are believed to be sweetening the pot with a third year, on top of the emotional pull of teammates he has played with since 2004. Barry also had been considering Boston, Houston and Dallas. He cleared waivers Tuesday morning. ‘I’ve spoken with Brent,’ Kerr said. ‘I met with him and his wife, and we’re awaiting his decision. He’s very seriously considering it.’ Click here for more from the Arizona Republic.