Heat sign former Lakers F Walker
MIAMI - The perimeter-based Miami Heat have added an interior presence.
The Heat on Friday signed free agent power forward Samaki Walker, who spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Terms were not disclosed.
The 6-9, 255-pound Walker averaged 4.4 points and 5.5 rebounds in 67 games, including 39 starts, last season. The Lakers acquired him from San Antonio following the 2000-01 season, and he averaged 6.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.28 blocked shots in his first season as Los Angeles won its third straight NBA title.
"We are very excited to bring in a player of Walker's experience," Heat president and general manager of basketball operations Randy Pfund said. "He is only 27 years old and has already competed on the highest stage as a member of the Lakers' championship team. He has good overall offensive skills with a tremendous upside."
After losing free agent center Alonzo Mourning to the New Jersey Nets, the Heat are hoping Walker can be a valuable inside player to complement skilled wingmen Eddie Jones and Caron Butler.
"He is a very good rebounder and he can play both the forward and center position," Pfund said.
Walker was the ninth overall pick in the 1996 draft by the Dallas Mavericks, with whom he spent three seasons before signing with the Spurs as a free agent. He has career averages of 5.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 391 games.
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