Sonics Re-sign Jerome James
'It feels great to be coming back to the Sonics,' center says
SEATTLE, July 18 -- The Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday re-signed center Jerome James to a three-year contract, Sonics General Manager Rick Sund announced.

"We're extremely pleased that Jerome has re-signed with the Sonics," said Sund. "Many teams were courting him and we're glad he's decided to return to our team. He believes strongly in Nate McMillan, his coaching staff and the direction of the franchise."

James, 26, appeared in 56 games last season, averaging 5.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. He shot 49 percent from the floor.

"We're excited to have Jerome return to Seattle next season," Sonics Head Coach Nate McMillan said. "He's a young player that has shown tremendous potential and really solidifies the center position for us."

James, who led the Sonics in blocked shots last season, scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against Toronto on Feb. 24.

"It feels great to be coming back to the Sonics," said James. "I'm looking forward to working with Coach McMillan and his staff and to play in front of Seattle's great fans."