Nuggets expected to add Jon Barry later this week

Updated: August 19, 2003, 9:51 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets signed free agent Earl Boykins to a five-year, $13.7 million contract on Monday.

Boykins, a 5-foot-5 guard, averaged 8.8 points and 3.3 assists in 68 games with Golden State last year.

In five NBA seasons, Boykins has averaged 5.9 points and 2.5 assists per game. He has also played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland, Orlando and New Jersey.

Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said Sunday the team expects to sign shooting guard Jon Barry by the middle of the week.

Barry, son of Hall of Fame member Rick Barry, spent the past two seasons with Detroit. In his first 11 seasons in the NBA, he also played for Milwaukee, Golden State, Atlanta, the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento.

Barry, 34, averaged 6.9 points for the Pistons last season and compiled a career average of 5.7 points per game.

Vandeweghe and head coach Jeff Bzdelik spent the past week looking at free-agent shooting guards. The Nuggets, whose oldest current player is 29, decided they wanted a veteran, Vandeweghe said.

"He has a lot of playoff experience with Sacramento and Detroit,'' Vandeweghe said.

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