Friday , Aug , 12 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Sixers release veteran guard McKie

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers released veteran
guard Aaron McKie on Friday, club president Billy King announced. The team
also stated that McKie will be designated as the team’s amnesty player.

McKie, who spent seven-plus seasons with the 76ers, was acquired by
Philadelphia during the 1997 campaign from Detroit along with Theo Ratliff in
exchange for Eric Montross and Jerry Stackhouse.

An 11-year NBA veteran, McKie ranks 30th all-time among the club’s leading
scorers. When the Sixers reached the NBA Finals during the 2000-01 season for
the first time in 18 years, McKie enjoyed as stellar season, netting 11.6
points per game, 5.0 assists and 4.1 rebounds per contest. His season was
capped off when he was named the 2001 NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

However, the Temple product has been slowed by various injuries the past
several seasons and last year averaged career lows in points (2.2), rebounds
(2.5) and assists (1.5) in 68 games.

In 768 career games, including 287 starts, McKie has netted 7.6 ppg, while
hauling down 3.3 rpg and dishing out 2.7 assists with Portland, Detroit and
the Sixers.

A native of Philadelphia, McKie is a product of Simon Gratz High School.