Kings sign guard Salmons to reported $25.5M deal

Updated: July 25, 2006, 11:02 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Guard John Salmons signed a multiyear contract with the Sacramento Kings on Monday after four seasons with Philadelphia.

The Sacramento Bee reported that the contract Salmons signed is for five years and $25.5 million.

Salmons averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the 76ers last season, playing all 82 games. The 6-foot-7 swingman has been a steady contributor in Philadelphia, and the Kings could use him at three positions next season.

"We feel he's still an emerging player in the NBA," said Geoff Petrie, the Kings' president of basketball operations. "He'll add to the youth and overall skill level of our backcourt."

The Kings also signed two rookie free agents who excelled on their summer league team: Guard Pooh Jeter and center Justin Williams.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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