Thursday , Feb , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Okur placed on IL; Pistons sign Hunter

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons placed center Mehmet
Okur on the injured list with back problems and signed guard Lindsey Hunter on
Thursday.

Okur, who did not play in Detroit’s 107-88 win over Chicago on Wednesday, has
missed five games this season due to back spasms. He last played on Monday
night, scoring four points in 12 minutes of action in a 76-66 win over
Philadelphia.

The 6-foot-11 native of Turkey has started 31 of 55 games this season and is
averaging 9.9 points and 6.5 rebounds.

Hunter joins the Pistons for the second time this season and third time in his
12-year career. He was traded last week to the Boston Celtics as part of the
three-team deal that sent Rasheed Wallace to the Pistons from Atlanta. The
Celtics then waived Hunter.

In 11 games with the Pistons earlier this year, Hunter started once and
averaged 3.7 points and 1.5 assists. He then spent 39 games on the IL with a
strained knee ligament prior to the trade.

The 33-year-old Hunter had played his first seven seasons in the league with
the Pistons. He then had stints with Milwaukee, the Los Angeles Lakers and
Toronto Raptors the last three seasons before again coming to Detroit for the
start of this year. He has career averages of 10.3 points and 3.0 assists.

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