76ers re-sign F Derrick Coleman

Updated: August 6, 2003, 4:09 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia 76ers will have forward Derrick Coleman on their front line after all.

The 76ers on Wednesday announced the re-signing of Coleman, who has averaged 17.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in a 13-year NBA career.

Terms were not disclosed, but the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Coleman agreed to a two-year deal worth between $10 million and $12 million.

After re-signing forward Kenny Thomas to a multi-year deal worth about $50 million and acquiring forward Glenn Robinson in a four-team trade, the Sixers were unsure if they would be able to retain the 36-year-old Coleman.

Philadelphia reportedly was interested in acquiring Sacramento Kings forward Keon Clark, who was traded to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.

But the Sixers are probably better off with the 6-10 Coleman, who averaged 16.5 points and 11.0 rebounds against Detroit in the Eastern Conference semifinals. He averaged 13.6 points and 8.0 rebounds in Philadelphia's 12 playoff games.

Coleman played in 64 games last season and averaged 9.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.08 blocks per game. He missed the first 10 games, one due to suspension, following offseason knee surgery before making his season debut on November 19.

He averaged 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds in 36 games before the All-Star break, and 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds in 28 games after the break.

The top overall pick in the 1990 draft by the New Jersey Nets, Coleman first played in Philadelphia from 1995-98. He spent three seasons with Charlotte before returning to the Sixers in a three-team trade in October 2001.

The 76ers on Wednesday also named Alex English as an assistant bench coach.

English joins the Sixers after serving as director of player development for the Atlanta Hawks last season. Prior to joining Atlanta, English served as coach of North Charleston of the NBDL.

An eight-time All-Star, English is the Denver Nuggets' all-time leading scorer. He also worked with the NBA Players Association.

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