Veteran Moore joins Kings' logjam in frontcourt

7/16/2007 - NBA Mikki Moore Sacramento Kings + more

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Mikki Moore agreed to a contract with
the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, leaving the New Jersey Nets
to join his eighth NBA team.

Mikki Moore


The 7-foot Moore had a breakthrough campaign with the Nets last
season, averaging career highs of 9.8 points and 5.1 rebounds while
making nearly 61 percent of his shots, leading the NBA. He started
55 games for New Jersey while filling in for injured Nenad Krstic,
providing energy and veteran experience as the Nets reached the
second round of the playoffs.

Sources have told ESPN.com that Moore's deal is for three years at $18 million, but the third year is only partially guaranteed.

"He brings athleticism, length, skill and experience to our
team," said Geoff Petrie, the Kings' president of basketball
operations. "We're looking forward to watching him play for the

Moore, who will begin his 10th NBA season in the fall, will
compete for playing time with forwards Shareef Abdur-Rahim and
Kenny Thomas, and fellow 7-footers Brad Miller and rookie Spencer Hawes.

Sacramento also is known to be actively shopping most of its
players in potential trades, and Moore's signing could be a prelude
to a deal. But his arrival might squash the Kings' rumored talks
about trading point guard Mike Bibby for Cleveland forward Drew Gooden, who plays much the same game.

Moore also has played for Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, Utah, the
Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle.

Sacramento, which missed the playoffs last spring for the first
time in nine seasons, hired coach Reggie Theus last month to
replace Eric Musselman.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.