By Craig Kwasniewski
The Brent Barry situation
Forget all this talk of Brent Barry being wooed by the Shaq and the Suns. Forget this talk about Barry adding veteran depth to the Celtics. And forget all this talk about Barry finding his way to the red hot Houston Rockets.
It ain't happening!
Brent Barry is heading back to the Spurs! And it's exactly how the Spurs are handling this situation that makes them easily the brightest and most efficient front office in the NBA.
Take the Mavs and their Jason Kidd deal, no-deal, almost blunder and then FINALLY deal... which cost them extra cash in the long run (besides salvaging their future for an over-the-hill point guard). With Stackhouse's flippant remarks about a buyout the Kidd deal was almost over before another Devean George 0-11 night. By simply not informing Stack about the ramifications of his mouth, the Mavs were forced to re-work the Kidd deal, costing them several millions in the end.
And all that for a simple, "I get 30 days to rest then I'll be right back. I ain't going nowhere."
Well, the Spurs aren't making the same mistake and they've done a fine job preventing a Stack situation. Notice all the talk from Brent Barry? Yeah, me neither. Instead, I wouldn't put it past the Spurs to leak some rumors about Brent Barry's numerous offers, just to keep it honest. But in 30 days he's heading straight back to the Spurs. He lives in San Antonio, he won a title with them last year, he's familiar with the system, he's comfortable with the coaching staff and he knows his role: hit three's off the bench and wear a ring. It's very simple deal and it's not hard to figure out.
And much like the Kurt Thomas deal and the Damon Stoudemire signing, the Spurs keep it simple, get their needs and keep on winning.