Philly to lock in on pair of restricted free agents
PHILADELPHIA -- Kyle Korver has agreed to return to the Philadelphia Sixers, Korver's agent, Jeff Schwartz, told ESPN Insider Chad Ford on Tuesday.
Willie Green is also returning to the Sixers, according to a person familiar with the deals.
The contracts cannot officially be announced until Friday under NBA rules. But Schwartz told ESPN Insider that Korver's deal is for six years. A source close to the situation said that the contract is worth roughly $25 million.
Korver and Green, restricted free agents, were second-round picks acquired in separate trades on the night of the 2003 draft.
The Sixers declined comment.
Korver, a 6-foot-6 forward, played in all 82 regular-season games last season and averaged 11.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 32.5 minutes. He started 57 games and led the team with 226 3-pointers.
Green, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 7.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 57 games while getting inconsistent playing time under former coach Jim O'Brien.
He thrived as a sub whenever Allen Iverson was injured, including a 32-point effort against Washington in January. O'Brien, though, did not think undersized guards Green and Iverson worked well defensively together.
The Sixers had the right to match another NBA team's offer for any one of the players. Players have been allowed to negotiate with teams since July 1 and can sign starting Friday.
Philadelphia is still negotiating with center Samuel Dalembert, also a restricted free agent and its first-round pick in 2001. Team president Billy King said at the end of the season all three players would return to the Sixers.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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