SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs re-signed Kurt Thomas on Tuesday, getting the veteran forward under contract after trading for him in February.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed but Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said Thomas will be with the team at least two seasons.
"He was a big part of a team that went to the Western Conference finals [last season], and if we're going to pursue the championship Kurt will continue to be a big part of that," Buford said. "I don't know how long his career will go, but at least we know the next couple of years are going to be with us."
The 6-foot-9 Thomas, a 14-year veteran, was unavailable for comment.
Since being acquired from Seattle in a trade-deadline deal, he averaged 4.5 points and 4.9 rebounds for the Spurs in 28 games. He appeared in all 17 playoff games for San Antonio, averaging 4.1 points and 4.9 rebounds.
To get Thomas, now playing for his sixth team, the Spurs sent Brent Barry and Francisco Elson to Seattle. Barry has since signed with the Houston Rockets.
Thomas has also played for Miami, Dallas, New York and Phoenix. In 817 career games, he has averaged 9.7 points and 7.4 rebounds.
Thomas' signing indicates the Spurs could be ready to part ways with veteran Robert Horry, and it brings fellow veteran Michael Finley's status further into doubt. Both are unrestricted free agents.
Old man Thomas. Didn't the Spurs want to get younger?