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Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Report: Suns, Banks agree to five-year deal


It appears that Marcus Banks wants to play closer to home.

The speedy guard has agreed to terms with the Phoenix Suns on a five-year contract worth $21 million, The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.

A Las Vegas native, Banks likely would provide point guard relief for NBA MVP Steve Nash, the driving force of the Suns' relentless up-tempo attack.

Banks, 24, spent his first 2½ seasons with the Boston Celtics before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves last January as part of a seven-player deal. He started 28 of 40 games with the Timberwolves and averaged 12 points on 48 percent shooting and 4.7 assists.

The 13th overall pick in 2003 out of UNLV, Banks averaged just 5.3 points in 180 games with the Celtics.

The 6-2 Banks would be the second free agent addition for the Suns, joining swingman Eric Piatkowski. Phoenix lost forward Tim Thomas, who signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.