Barkley reportedly heading to Rockets Suns would add Perry to deal for Cassell, Horry

June 24, 1996|By SPORTSTICKER

Phoenix Suns star forward Charles Barkley may be joining superstar center Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston.

The New York Daily News reported yesterday that the Suns and Rockets have tentatively worked out a deal that would send Barkley and guard Elliot Perry to Houston in exchange for forward Robert Horry and former Dunbar star Sam Cassell.

Barkley has been the subject of numerous trade offers. The Dallas Mavericks reportedly offered guard Jim Jackson and a first-round pick for Barkley. The New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers also have made trade offers to the Suns for Barkley.

Barkley, who is one of just nine players in NBA history with 20,000 points and 10,000 rebounds, averaged 23.2 points and 11.6 rebounds in 71 games for the Suns this past season.

Barkley, 33, has played 12 seasons in the NBA, the last four with Phoenix. He earned Most Valuable Player honors in 1992-93 when he averaged 25.6 points and 12.2 rebounds and led the Suns to the NBA Finals.

A 6-foot-6, 252-pound forward, Barkley spent his first eight seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Perry, 27, is a backup to often-injured starter Kevin Johnson. Perry averaged 8.6 points and 4.4 assists in 81 games.

Horry, 6-10, 220 pounds, averaged 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 71 games this past season, and was a starter on the Rockets' back-to-back championship teams in 1994 and 1995.

Cassell, 26, averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists in 61 games, replacing Kenny Smith as the Rockets' starting point guard.

Pub Date: 6/24/96

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