View Full Version : Brian Skinner agrees to 5-year, $25M deal with 76ers

07-08-2004, 04:01 PM

After losing out on free agent center Mark Blount, who agreed to re-sign with the Celtics earlier Thursday, the Philadelphia 76ers reached an agreement with forward Brian Skinner, ESPN's David Aldridge reports.

The deal is to be for five years, $25 million.

Skinner, a former first-round pick who played for the Sixers during the 2002-03 season, played in 56 games last season for the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds.

The Sixers were in hot pursuit of Blount and put in a call to Detroit Pistons free agent Rasheed Wallace, a Philadelphia native. But by signing Skinner, Philadelphia has effectively taken itself out of the running for Wallace, who is expected to re-sign in Detroit.

Skinner, 28, is considered one of the league's better offensive rebounders.