Thursday , Jul , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Suns add depth to backcourt with signing of Banks

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns signed point guard Marcus
Banks to a multi-year contract on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not
disclosed.

The 24-year-old Banks spent the first 2 1/2 years of his NBA career in Boston
before being shipped to Minnesota this past January. This past season, he
averaged 10 points and 3.8 assists in 58 games (29 starts) in splitting time
between the two clubs.

The Las Vegas native is expected to provide much-needed depth at the point
guard spot behind perennial All-Star and two-time league MVP Steve Nash. It is
a role that he is accustomed to, after making just 33 starts in 220 career
games. For his career, Banks owns averages of 6.5 points and 2.5 assists.

“It’s a great team, especially with Boris Diaw stepping up and Raja Bell
playing the way he does,” Banks said. “They were one or two pieces away from a
championship before and hopefully now I’m one of those pieces.”

PHO