Brent Barry Comes To Verbal Agreement With Houston Rockets

Ravi AntaniCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2008

According to the Houston Chronicle, free agent and former Spur Brent Barry has agreed to join the Houston Rockets.  Houston will give him the bi-annual exception, which is $3.9 million over two seasons.

The Rockets sought after Barry in March when the Spurs traded him to the Sonics, who cut him immediately.  Barry picked a return to the Spurs over offers from Houston and Phoenix.

The Suns were seeking Barry's services this offseason as well.

Barry is a 6'7" wingman who can flat-out shoot.  The 36-year-old guard shot 42.9% from beyond the arc this past season and almost 41% for his career.  The Rockets have been in need of a consistent shooter on the wing to spread the floor for their two superstars, Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.  He fills a role that has been weak for the team over the last three years.

But he also fills a more vital role: championship experience.  As of now, he is the only Rocket with a ring, winning it all with San Antonio in 2005 and 2007.

Barry might keep alive a family tradition of retiring with the Rockets.  His brother Jon and his father Rick both ended their careers in Space City.