Sonics sign Moore weeks after losing James

Updated: August 31, 2005, 4:56 PM ET
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Seattle SuperSonics: The Sonics shored up their frontcourt Wednesday by signing free agent center Mikki Moore.

Terms were not disclosed. Moore received $870,000 last season, when he played for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Entering his eighth season, Moore is expected to team with veteran Vitaly Potapenko and teenager Robert Swift to replace departed center Jerome James, who signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the New York Knicks on August 2.

"We're pleased to have Mikki in a Sonics uniform," Seattle general manager Rick Sund said. "Mikki's length and his ability to run the floor complements the Sonics' style of play and gives us added depth at both the center and forward positions."

The 7-foot Moore appeared in 74 games with the Clippers, averaging 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds. He shot 50.2 percent from the floor.

In 256 games with six teams, the 29-year-old Moore has averaged 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds.

Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats roster continues to take shape heading into its second season with the re-signing of guard Matt Carroll and the addition of free-agent guard Kevin Burleson.

"We are excited that Matt chose to return to Charlotte and continue to build upon last year's start," said Bobcats General Manager and Head Coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "Matt added several dimensions to our team with his long-range shooting, toughness, strong work ethic, rebounding and ability to get to the free throw line. Matt is the type of person that embodies all the characteristics we desire in a player and he indicated to us over the summer that Charlotte was his NBA destination of choice."

Carroll appeared in 25 games and averaged 9.0 points and 2.4 assists in 17.2 minutes after his call-up from Roanoke of the National Basketball Association Development League (D-League) on February 23, 2005.

Burleson, a 6-3, 190-pound guard appeared in six games with the Bobcats summer league team during the 2005 Rocky Mountain Revue in Utah, averaging 3.8 points in 12.2 minutes.

"Kevin is a big guard who can defend both positions on the perimeter," said Bickerstaff. "We liked the effort he put forth during summer league play and wanted to take a second look at him."

Brother of Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Nate Burleson, he played the 2004-05 season in Germany for the Walter Tigers, averaging 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 30 games. He posted six 20-plus points games, including a season-high 27 points against the Giessen 46ers on March 5, 2005.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Dan Gilbert hasn't let owning the Cavaliers stop him from paying the Detroit Pistons to have his company be their presenting sponsor.

Gilbert gave the Pistons an undisclosed amount to have Rock Financial, a Michigan-based mortgage company well represented in their arena, programs and broadcasts for a third straight year, the team announced Wednesday.

"It's been highly successful any way you look at it," Rock Financial's David Hall said in a statement. "We've been able to achieve greater overall awareness of each organization."

Gilbert bought the Cavs and their arena in Cleveland for $375 million earlier this year.

He made his fortune as founder of Livonia-based Quicken Loans Inc., which includes Rock Financial.

The company's logo has been plastered on everything from game tickets to the cover of the Pistons' media guide. Advertisements appear everywhere at The Palace and on promotional items given to fans at games, including the inflatable Thunder Stix that make the venue even louder during the playoffs.

"These past two years, we have built a strong and solid relationship and our presenting sponsorship agreement has set the gold standard for teams in every league," Pistons chief executive Tom Wilson said in a statement.

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