Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sixers sign center Tony Battie

In a move to add more depth to their frontcourt, the Sixers have signed free agent center Tony Battie. Terms of the contract are not known at this point but you can bet it's only a one year deal for something close to the veteran minimum.

While Battie isn't an exciting addition, he is a 12 year veteran who will be happy with a limited role off the bench. Given that the Sixers really only had one other true center on the roster in Spencer Hawes, they needed another warm body and Battie fits the bill. Battie, 34, should get a couple of boards and be a "veteran presence" on the Sixers. For his career, Battie has played for the Nuggets, Celtics, Cavaliers, Magic and Nets and averaged 6.4 points per game and 5.3 boards per game.

With that addition, the Sixers now have 14 players on the roster. I would bet that Jason Kapono and/or Willie Green will be sent packing any day now.

Jrue Holiday
Evan Turner
Lou Williams
Willie Green
Jodie Meeks

Andre Iguodala
Thaddeus Young
Elton Brand
Andres Nocioni
Marreese Speights
Jason Kapono
Jason Smith

Spencer Hawes
Tony Battie

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