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Barry decides to stay with Spurs

In the end, Brent Barry just couldn't leave home.
/ Source: East Valley Tribune

In the end, Brent Barry just couldn't leave home. Barry told Suns general manager Steve Kerr late Thursday evening he intends to re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs when he is able to do so next month.

Even though the Suns pursued him hard and offered him a multi-year deal with a bigger role and playing time, Barry told the Suns his family is entrenched in San Antonio and he wanted to remain with the team he won championships with in 2005 and 2007.

"He let us know he's staying where he is and won't be joining us," Kerr said. "We still have a few days to pursue some other avenues and possibly still add to our roster, but that remains to be seen."

Kerr wouldn't talk about any names, but reports say that player won't be veteran guard Sam Cassell, who was waived by the Clippers on Thursday and appears to be on his way to the Boston Celtics.

But the Suns are said to be very interested in 3-point shooter and defender Gordan Giricek of Philadelphia if he is bought out by the 76ers, although reports in Philadelphia say conversations with the Suns were on hold while Barry made his decision. But with Barry now staying put, it is believed the Suns will turn their full attention in Giricek's direction.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported the 76ers are willing to release Giricek as long as he signs with a Western Conference team, and that his direction is Phoenix.

"I am flattered that a team like Phoenix is showing interest in my services," Giricek told reporters before Wednesday night's game against Orlando at the Wachovia Center. "But right now, I'm a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, and I am working every day to do my best for the 76ers."

That buyout has to happen soon. Giricek has to be waived before midnight Eastern time on Saturday to be eligible for the playoffs.

The Suns have shown a keen interest in Giricek since before Christmas when he was having troubles with Jazz coach Jerry Sloan in Utah. He was traded to Philadelphia along with a first-round draft choice for Kyle Korver. The 76ers were more interested in Giricek's expiring contract ($4 million) than adding him to the rotation and he has played sparingly in Philadelphia.