Houston after Brent Barry; Spurs attempting to get J.R. Smith
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets began the free-agent recruiting period with an 11 p.m. call to Spurs guard Brent Barry on Monday, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said, but the team might already have hit a snag in its plan to bring back forward Carl Landry.
The Rockets telephoned Barry as soon as NBA rules allowed in an effort to land the free agent, who got away last season when he was released by the Seattle SuperSonics but chose to return to the San Antonio Spurs.
Barry, 36, struggled to come back from a calf injury after he was dealt by San Antonio to Seattle at the trade deadline. He never played for the Sonics but, after returning to the Spurs, made 49.1 percent of his shots and 46.3 percent of his 3s in the postseason.
He averaged 7.1 points in 17.9 minutes, making 48.1 percent of his shots, in the regular season, 12th in the NBA.
If Barry signs with the Rockets, he would follow his father, Hall of Famer Rick Barry, and brother, Jon Barry, who both ended their careers in Houston.
Signing Landry, the Rockets' other primary free-agent target, might be more complicated than another chase of Barry or even last summer's sticky and eventually contentious negotiations when Landry was an unsigned second-round pick.
The Rockets have asked for Landry to undergo more in-depth testing of his right knee, which was injured during the season, before they extend an offer.
Landry, 24, missed seven games with what was termed a sore right knee. He averaged 8.1 points and 4.9 rebounds in 42 games, making 61.6 percent of his shots.
The Rockets signed Landry just before the start of training camp after a long, often tense negotiation over the amount of money that would be guaranteed in his rookie contract.
The Rockets had planned to sign him to a three-year deal using a portion of their mid-level exception but instead spent the remainder of their exception money to sign Steve Francis.
Landry is a restricted free agent, giving the Rockets the option to match any offer he receives as long as the contract would work with the salary-cap rules. That would limit them to their mid-level exception money.
They hope to use the lower-level exception, worth roughly $1.9 million, for Barry.
"We're only making an offer if he (Landry) gets a more detailed examination than imaging," Morey said.
Morey did not say there were specific concerns, only that the team wanted as much information as possible before making an offer.
Other sources report that San Antonio is plotting a bid for Denver's restricted free agent J.R. Smith. Brent Barry, who the Spurs nearly traded for Smith in 2006 is still in the Spurs' plans and the team hopes to re-sign him along with Kurt Thomas.
If we can snag J.R. Smith and still manage to resign Barry and Thomas...
Re: Houston after Brent Barry; Spurs attempting to get J.R. Smith
As much as I have hate for Barry for his ****-up in the Game 4 against the Lakers, he wouldn't be a bad re-signing. He's good for a 3 when your team's being stagnant, and if we get Maggette as well as Thomas, he would be a good re-signing as well. However, I'm hearing the Lakers are also looking at him; he's got enough interest from other teams that he might be on his way out. As for Smith, I don't think we need to take the risk on him anymore.