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Spurs Trade Barry & Elson for Kurt Thomas

By Daniel Strickland on February 21, 2008.

The San Antonio Spurs acquired veteran forward Kurt Thomas from the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night in exchange for guard Brent Barry, center Francisco Elson and a 2009 first-round draft pick.

Did anyone see this coming?

It’ll be a shame to see Brent Barry back in a Sonics uniform, but he’s been hampered by injuries this season, averaging less than 19 minutes in 29 games. I think his days in the league are numbered. As for Elson, he never lived up to potential, although he did have his moments.

Chalk this trade up to the Gasol-Shaq effect: the Lakers and Suns made dramatic moves to better match Duncan and the Spurs, so the Spurs retaliate by bringing in a power forward with proven playoff experience.

Is this the trade that the Spurs needed to make to have an answer to Gasol and the Lakers?

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