Webber officially signs with Detroit
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Former Philadelphia 76ers forward Chris
Webber officially signed with the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.
Webber released a statement on Monday, declaring his decision. He had to wait
until Tuesday to clear waivers, which he did, and then signed a pro-rated
contract for the veteran’s minimum.
Other teams who were rumored to be interested in Webber, who reached an
agreement with Philadelphia to buy out his contract last week, included the
Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks.
The lure of playing in his hometown was apparently enough for Webber, who was
born in Detroit and played his college ball at Michigan as a member of the
“Joining the Pistons will allow me the opportunity to play the game I love in
my hometown of Detroit, surrounded by my family,” Webber said in his
statement on Monday. “I look forward to joining a roster of talented athletes
and working towards a fourth NBA title for the Pistons and the great city of
A five-time All-Star, Webber has been limited to just 18 games this season
because of right ankle and foot injuries. He is averaging 11 points, 8.3
rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this year.
In his career, Webber holds averages of 21.4 points, 10 rebounds and 4.3
assists in 779 games, all but two of those starts.
Webber was selected first overall in the 1993 draft by the Orlando Magic and
was promptly traded to Golden State for guard Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway
and three first-round draft picks. He averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds
per game in his rookie season, but feuded with then Warriors coach Don
Nelson before the start of his sophomore season, refused to report to
training camp and was then traded to Washington.
He spent his next four seasons in Washington before moving on to Sacramento
for the next six-plus seasons. The former Michigan product is best remembered
from his college days as a member of the “Fab Five” and for calling a timeout
his team didn’t have in the 1993 NCAA Tournament championship game with 11
seconds left in the contest and his team down by two.
That led to a technical foul being called and an eventual 77-71 defeat at the
hands of North Carolina.