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Suns sign Banks to five-year, $21 million deal

Updated: July 20, 2006, 8:16 PM ET
Associated Press

Banks

PHOENIX -- As an up-and-coming free-agent point guard, Marcus Banks could have found a team that was willing to guarantee him a starting job.

Instead, he told his agent, Michael Higgins, he wanted to play for the Phoenix Suns, who have two-time MVP Steve Nash in the same position.

"He thought I was crazy," said the 24-year-old Banks, who left the Minnesota Timberwolves to sign a $21 million, five-year contract with Phoenix. "I just felt it would be a great opportunity. ...

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