Heat sign free agent forward Walker

Updated: August 1, 2003, 8:48 PM ET

MIAMI -- Free agent forward Samaki Walker, who spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, signed with the Miami Heat on Friday.

Terms were not released.

The 6-foot-9, 255-pound Walker also played for Dallas and San Antonio in his seven NBA seasons, averaging 5.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 391 games.

Walker, the ninth overall pick by Dallas in the 1996 draft, started 102 games for the Lakers over two seasons. He averaged 6.7 points and 7.0 rebounds for the 2002 NBA champions and 4.4 points and 5.5 rebounds last season.

Walker is Miami's first free agent signing this summer and will be expected to fill the Heat's glaring need at power forward. Miami had signed Clippers forward Elton Brand to an offer sheet last month, but the Clippers matched the Heat's six-year, $82.2 million offer.

Walker was charged with drunken driving after an accident near Columbus, Ohio last month, in which his vehicle rolled over, partially ejecting him. He injured a wrist in the accident, but plans to be ready for the start of training camp, said agent Tony Duff.

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