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Tuesday July 8, 2008 3:13 PM

Houston Bound


Brent Barry Signs with Rockets

Jason Friedman
Rockets.com Staff Writer
HOUSTON - The waiting game has ended. Brent Barry is finally headed to Houston.

The 36 year old free agent guard made his decision Thursday, signing a deal which will keep him with the club for two years. Per team policy, financial terms were not released.

Barry was one of the Rockets' top off-season targets -- in fact, he was contacted by team officials the minute the free agent recruiting period commenced.

The former Spur brings a sweet shooting stroke and a bevy of postseason experience to Houston. For his career, Barry has made more than 40 percent of his shots from beyond the three point arc. And while injuries limited his effectiveness at times last season, he proved to be a valuable weapon during the playoffs thanks to his red-hot shooting (46.3 percent on 3s) and a superb performance in Game 4 of the Conference Finals when he exploded for 23 points.

"Brent is a proven winner who brings a wealth of championship experience,” said Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander. “His playmaking and long-range shooting abilities are an ideal fit for Coach Adelman’s system while his versatility allows us to use him in a variety of roles.  Brent has been a consistent scorer in the playoffs and played a vital part in winning two NBA Finals championships. ”

Getting Barry to Houston wasn't easy. He was courted by several top teams eager to add his shot-making and experience to their roster. But, in the end, the 14 year NBA veteran chose Houston; following in the footsteps of both his Hall of Fame father, Rick Barry, and brother, Jon Barry, who both ended their pro basketball careers with the Rockets.