Thursday, July 25, 2002
Buckner agrees to deal with 76ers
By Chad Ford
The Philadelphia 76ers inked Mavericks guard Greg Buckner to a
six-year, $18 million deal on Thursday.
"I wanted to go to a contender, and my wish came true," Buckner said. "I've
just got to go out there and play hard for them.
I had a lot of fun in Dallas. I will never trade that for anything in the
The Sixers also announced on Thursday that they've signed ex-Magic forward Monty Williams.
Buckner, who spent the first three years of his career in Dallas, averaged 5.8 ppg,
3.9 rpg in just over 20 minutes per game. Buckner is valued as a tenacious
defender and a valuable cog off the bench because of his ability to play
both shooting guard and small forward. Buckner was limited to 44 games last
season, in part because of a calf injury.
The Sixers had been working with the Mavs over the last few weeks trying to
work out a sign-and-trade. However, the Mavs insistence that Tariq
Abdul-Wahad be included in the deal eventually killed it for the Sixers.
Buckner's signing means the Sixers will have to use roughly $2.4 million of
their $4.5 million mid-level exception to sign Buckner. While that doesn't
exactly price them out of the free-agent market for a player like Rodney
Rogers, it pretty much ends any chance they have to sign coveted free agents
Keon Clark and Rashard Lewis.
Chad Ford writes the daily NBA Insider column for ESPN Insider. To get a free 30 day trial, click here.