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Buckner agrees to deal with 76ers

By Chad Ford

The Philadelphia 76ers inked Mavericks guard Greg Buckner to a six-year, $18 million deal on Thursday.

"I wanted to go to a contender, and my wish came true," Buckner said. "I've just got to go out there and play hard for them. I had a lot of fun in Dallas. I will never trade that for anything in the world."

The Sixers also announced on Thursday that they've signed ex-Magic forward Monty Williams.

Buckner, who spent the first three years of his career in Dallas, averaged 5.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg in just over 20 minutes per game. Buckner is valued as a tenacious defender and a valuable cog off the bench because of his ability to play both shooting guard and small forward. Buckner was limited to 44 games last season, in part because of a calf injury.

The Sixers had been working with the Mavs over the last few weeks trying to work out a sign-and-trade. However, the Mavs insistence that Tariq Abdul-Wahad be included in the deal eventually killed it for the Sixers.

Buckner's signing means the Sixers will have to use roughly $2.4 million of their $4.5 million mid-level exception to sign Buckner. While that doesn't exactly price them out of the free-agent market for a player like Rodney Rogers, it pretty much ends any chance they have to sign coveted free agents Keon Clark and Rashard Lewis.

Chad Ford writes the daily NBA Insider column for ESPN Insider. To get a free 30 day trial, click here.

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