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Bobcats open practice, re-sign free agent Brown

Posted Dec 10 2011 2:30AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Bobcats have re-signed restricted free agent Derrick Brown to a one-year deal.

The team announced the deal Friday after the New York Knicks withdrew their qualifying offer. Terms were not released. Brown played the majority of his two NBA seasons with Charlotte prior to being waived late last season.

Coach Paul Silas says he views Brown as a backup small forward and looks forward to getting him on the floor Saturday. The Bobcats only had nine players at their first practice Friday night.

Rookie Kemba Walker has yet to sign a contract, although Bobcats director of basketball operations Rod Higgins expects "a resolution shortly."

The same can't be said for fellow lottery pick Bismack Biyombo, who remains in a contract dispute with his former Spanish team.

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