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Okafor, Bobcats officially sign off on 6-year, $72 million deal

Updated: July 31, 2008, 4:40 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Emeka Okafor, who came to an agreement with the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday, signed the six-year contract worth at least $72 million on Thursday.

Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins confirmed the agreement Tuesday to local reporters, after an ESPN.com report said the sides had made significant progress in the past week and were on the verge of a deal.

"It was very important for us to get a deal done," Higgins told The Associated Press. "He creates a sense of security ...

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