Pistons sign free agent F Darvin Ham

Updated: September 23, 2003, 4:33 PM ET

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan - The Detroit Pistons added depth and athleticism to their frontcourt Tuesday by signing free agent forward Darvin Ham.

Terms of the deal were undisclosed. Ham made just under $700,000 last season as a backup with Atlanta.

Ham averaged 2.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 12.3 minutes in 47 games during his only season with the Hawks. He averaged a career-high 5.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in the 1999-2000 campaign with Milwaukee.

While he has averaged only 3.2 points and grabbed just 2.6 rebounds in 316 NBA games, the 6-7 Ham is one of the more athletic players in the league. As an undrafted rookie out of Texas Tech, he competed in the 1997 Slam Dunk competition.

A solid defender and offensive rebounder, Ham will try to fit into a frontcourt rotation that includes Corliss Williamson, Tayshaun Prince and rookie Darko Milicic.

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