Suns agree with Skinner to fill in for Thomas departure

Updated: September 25, 2007, 6:35 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns have reached agreement on a one-year contract with eight-year NBA veteran Brian Skinner.

Brian Skinner


The deal, for the veteran's minimum salary of $1.1 million, is expected to be signed in the next few days, Suns officials said on Tuesday.

The Suns liked the 6-foot-9 Skinner because of his defensive ability and the fact he has enough speed to keep up with Phoenix's up-and-down style. He is not considered a scorer beyond close to the basket and is an awful free throw shooter (56 percent).

Skinner said when he worked out for the team last week that the Suns were an attractive destination because they are a title contender. Phoenix has been seeking inside help since sending Kurt Thomas to Seattle in a salary-dumping move.

Skinner has played for six teams in his eight NBA seasons, most recently the Milwaukee Bucks. He has career averages of 5.1 points and five rebounds per game.

The Suns open training camp next week in Tucson.

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