As expected, the Phoenix Suns signed 29-year-old center Earl Barron Tuesday to add depth up front while Robin Lopez mends his injured left knee.
The terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, but Barron will be available for the Suns’ four-game road trip that tips off Wednesday in Miami.
The 7-foot, 250-pound center brings four years of NBA experience to Phoenix including stints with the Miami Heat (2005-08) and the New York Knicks (2009-10).
Barron owns a career average of 5.5 points and 3.7 rebounds, but averaged 11.7 points and 11.0 boards in seven games (six starts) with the Knicks last season.
He played 82 games with the Heat during his three seasons in Miami, and picked up a ring along the way, making him the only current Suns player to win an NBA championship.
After his time in South Beach, Barron couldn’t latch on to an NBA squad during the 2008-09 season.
The lanky big man isn’t known as a banger by any means, but has the size and length to add rebounding to a Suns squad that ranks dead last in the NBA in rebounding differential (-6.3).
Barron does most of his damage on the perimeter, featuring a nice mid-range stroke that should fit in nicely with the Suns. The four-year veteran is the consummate NBA journeyman, having played in Turkey and the Philippines after going undrafted out of Memphis in 2003.
He’s played for a handful of D-League teams and was named to the 2010 D-League All-Star Game as a member of the Suns’ affiliate, the Iowa Energy.
Barron averaged 16.2 points and 10.2 rebounds with the Energy and scored a game-high 20 points in the All-Star Game, helping earn him a 10-day contract with the Knicks, who eventually signed him for the remainder of the season.
The Suns aren’t asking for all that much from Barron, as he’ll only need to provide 10 minutes or so a night to give Channing Frye and Hakim Warrick some relief.
But if he plays at the level he did for the Knicks for seven games, Barron may see even more time and find a home with a Phoenix team hurting for capable big men.