76ers agree to 2-year deal with Brown

Associated Press Modified: July 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm •  Published: July 13, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract with former No. 1 overall draft pick Kwame Brown.

Agent Mark Bartelstein announced the move Friday.

Brown will be reunited with Sixers coach Doug Collins. Collins was Brown's first coach in Washington in 2001. Brown has averaged 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds over an 11-year career.

The well-traveled Brown was the No. 1 overall pick out of high school in the 2001 draft by the Washington Wizards.

Bartelstein said one reason Brown was eager to join the Sixers was because Collins was like a "father figure" to the center.

"Kwame and Doug have a relationship that I think really has grown over the years," Bartelstein said. "It's a great fit."

Brown signed a $7 million, one-year deal with Golden State before last season. But he played in only nine games and averaged 6.3 points and 6.3 rebounds in 20.8 minutes before needing season-ending surgery on his chest muscle.

The 30-year-old Brown is set to play for his seventh team. He will join a frontcourt that includes Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young, Lavoy Allen, Nik Vucevic and rookie Arnett Moultrie. The Sixers waived veteran forward Elton Brand this week.

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