Suns executive vice president Cotton Fitzsimmons said Barkley is right on that account.
"(Team president) Jerry (Colangelo) and I don't consult with Charles on personnel decisions, and we don't plan to in the future," Fitzsimmons said.
Suns coach Paul Westphal said size was the deciding factor in the deal.
"What it does is balance our roster," said Westphal, whose team was knocked out of the playoffs in the second round the last two seasons.
"We had a lot of guys who played Dan's position and we didn't have very many guys that played the center position, so it gives us the balance that I think we need to be the best we can be."
In other news:
BULLETS: WEBBER HAS DEAL
Chris Webber agreed to a multiyear contract with the Washington Bullets, the team announced. The power forward is expected to sign the deal with team owner Abe Pollin at a news conference this afternoon.
The team also announced that forward Don MacLean had agreed to terms. The Boston Celtics had been considering making an offer to the fourth-year forward, but apparently could not clear enough room under the salary cap.
MacLean's offer from the Bullets was reported to be $925,000.
BLAZERS: J. ROBINSON HURT
Portland guard James Robinson broke his right hand on the second day of training camp and will be sidelined two to four weeks.
Robinson was injured in a collision with Clifford Robinson a day earlier.
SPURS: ROBINSON RIPS RODMAN
San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson said he won't miss Dennis Rodman, who was traded to the Chicago Bulls for Will Perdue last week.
"He brought a lot to the table when he was playing, in rebounding and defense," Robinson said of Rodman. "But this year we've got guys who want to be part of a team.
"There's more to being on a team than rebounding or scoring . . . Dennis is not like any teammate, any person I've ever seen. He draws the line in the sand and says, 'I'll play by my own rules.' It was a zoo last year. We're a basketball team again."