August 15, 2006
- The Seattle SuperSonics today re-signed Chris Wilcox
, Sonics General Manager Rick Sund announced. Per team policy, terms of Wilcox’s new contract were not disclosed.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Chris back to our team,” said Sund. “We indicated this summer that getting Chris signed was a priority and he is on board. The Sonics had a winning record after acquiring Chris and we want to build on that success. He’s a good fit in Bob Hill’s system and the style that Bob likes to play.”
Wilcox appeared in 29 games last season with the Sonics, averaging 14.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 30.1 minutes. The 6-10, 235-pound forward shot 59.2 percent (167-for-282) from the field and scored 20-plus points six times.
“This is a win-win situation for the Sonics and myself,” said Wilcox. “I enjoy Coach Hill’s style of play and the team really started to come together at the end of last season. I’m excited to get this season started.”
Wilcox was named Western Conference Player of the Week (4/3-9/06) after averaging 23.0 ppg and 15.3 rpg on 75 percent shooting (27-for-36). In addition, Wilcox recorded 26 points and a career-high 24 rebounds vs. Houston last spring (4/4/06), the first 20/20 game for the Sonics since Shawn Kemp accomplished the feat on Nov. 15, 1995.
Wilcox was originally acquired by the Sonics from the Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 14, 2006 in exchange for Vladimir Radmanovic. A four-year NBA veteran, Wilcox holds career averages of 7.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg in 242 games. Prior to playing with the Sonics, he spent three and a half years with the Los Angeles Clippers and averaged 6.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg in 213 contests. Wilcox was originally selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round (eighth pick overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft.