No one is going to replace Michael Jordan on the Chicago Bulls. Brent Barry knows he's merely filling MJ's spot.

Barry, the former NBA slam dunk champion and son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, signed a six-year, $27 million contract Monday with the Bulls.The free agent will take over the shooting guard role left by Jordan's retirement.

"It's no fun to be part of the cleanup crew, but hopefully that will only last a year or two and you get back to where the team was before," Barry said.

Barry liked the reports he heard on new coach Tim Floyd, and that convinced him to sign with the decimated NBA champions.

"I'm silly to come here, but he is crazy to be coaching here," Barry said. "That's the way I look at it. Any guy that crazy I want to play for."

Barry averaged 9.6 points per game in three seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat.

"If he does play well in Chicago, then they think they've got the next Michael Jordan," Miami coach Pat Riley said.

The Los Angeles Clippers got good news when they learned Michael Olowokandi, the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft from Pacific University, was released from his contract with Kinder Bologna of the Italian League.

The 7-foot-1 center had signed with Kinder about 24 hours before the NBA and its players agreed recently to end the owners' lockout. Olowokandi's deal with Kinder bound him to the club until Feb. 15, but the team reportedly decided to release him and save money because he had averaged only 7.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in six games in Italy.

"This was a surprise to me," Clippers vice president of basketball operations Elgin Baylor said. "I'm sure it's probably a surprise to him, too, that they let him out of his contract."

Baylor expects Olowokandi to join the team Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

Guard Steve Nash, acquired in a draft-day trade from Phoenix, signed a six-year contract extension with the Dallas Mavericks that reportedly is worth $18 million.

Bobby Hurley, a five-year NBA veteran who suffered life-threatening injuries in a two-car accident in his rookie season with the Sacramento Kings, was waived by the Vancouver Grizzlies. The Grizzlies had acquired Hurley, a former Duke star, in a four-player deal with Sacramento last Feb. 18.

The Phoenix Suns re-signed free agents Rex Chapman and Clifford Robinson along with first-round draft pick Pat Garrity and another first-year player, Gerald Brown.

Garrity was selected with the 19th pick in the 1998 draft by Milwaukee but was later traded to Dallas and then Phoenix in a three-way deal. He played at Notre Dame under former Suns coach John McLeod.

The Portland Trail Blazers signed rookie guard Bonzi Wells to a three-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed. Wells, drafted out of Ball State, was acquired from the Detroit Pistons last week for a conditional first-round pick.

Three other guards -- James Blackwell, Ernest Hall and Damian Owens -- were cut by Blazers.