Friday , Jul , 09 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Sixers bring back familiar face

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly
agreed to a five-year deal with forward Brian Skinner.

Skinner, who spent the 2002-03 season with the 76ers, played for the Milwaukee
Bucks last season. In 56 games last year for the Bucks, Skinner
averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per contest.

NBA teams can officially begin signing free agents on Wednesday, July 14.

The 28-year-old Baylor product had his minutes reduced in the Bucks’ five
playoff games versus the Pistons, mostly because of the matchups with
Detroit’s big men.

Skinner had inked a two-year contract with the Bucks before last season, but
he had a player option for the second year. The Temple, Texas native had been
slated to make $1.65 million next season before opting out of the contract.

With the Sixers, Skinner averaged 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 17.9 minutes in
77 games. The 6-foot-9, 265-pound Skinner will add size and depth in
the frontcourt for the Sixers. Skinner was a first-round selection of
the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1998 NBA Draft.

Philadelphia, which was in pursuit of recently-signed Boston Celtics center
Mark Blount, finished with a lowly 33-49 record last season and missed the
playoffs for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign. The 76ers were also
reportedly interested in Philadelphia native and Detroit Pistons free agent
forward Rasheed Wallace.