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Sixers Sign Free Agent Center Kwame Brown

The 11-year veteran was the first-overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft

Kwame BrownPHILADELPHIA, PA. – JULY 20, 2012 – The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have signed free agent center Kwame Brown.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Brown (6-11, 270) is an 11-year veteran and has appeared in 585 career games with 270 starts, averaging 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game while shooting 49.2% from the floor.  He has played for Washington, the L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Detroit, Charlotte and most recently, Golden State.

Last season, Brown appeared in nine games for the Warriors, averaging 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game before suffering a torn pectoral muscle at Miami on January 10.  He underwent surgery shortly after and missed the remainder of the season.  Brown was the only player in the league to average at least 6 points and 6 boards while playing fewer than 21.0 mpg.  On March 13, he was part of a five-player trade which sent him to the Bucks.

In 2010-11, Brown started 50 games for the Bobcats and enjoyed his best statistical season since 2006-07.  In 66 games, he averaged 7.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game and was one of just six players who averaged at least 7.5 points and 6.5 boards while playing 26.0 mpg or fewer.

Brown became the first high school player to be taken first overall when Washington selected him in the 2001 NBA Draft.  He played his first two seasons with the Wizards for current Sixers head coach Doug Collins.