Monday , Aug , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

McKie signs with Lakers

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Free agent Aaron McKie has agreed in
principle to a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Philadelphia
Daily News reported Monday.

McKie’s agent, Leon Rose, told the Daily News Sunday night that McKie accepted
the Lakers’ offer, worth $2.5 million per season.

The 6-foot-5 guard was released by the Philadelphia 76ers on August 12 and was
designated as the team’s amnesty player.

The 11-year NBA veteran has appeared in 768 career games in which he started
287 of them. He has netted 7.6 ppg, while pulling down 3.3 rpg and dishing out
2.7 assists with Portland, Detroit and the Sixers.

He ranks 30th all-time among the 76ers’ leading scorers. When the Sixers
reached the NBA Finals during the 2000-01 season for the first time in 18
years, McKie enjoyed a stellar season. He scored 11.6 points per game, 5.0
assists and 4.1 rebounds per contest and capped off the year by being named
the 2001 NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

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

However, the Temple product has been slowed by 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.