Marshall glad to be with the 76ers

September 4, 2008 6:30:55 AM PDT
Donyell Marshall grew up rooting for Dr. J and the Philadelphia 76ers. Now, he'll get his wish and end his career with them. "It was something that I always dreamed of doing since I was a little kid watching the Sixers win the championship in '83," Marshall said on Wednesday. "There would be no better ending to my career then to play for the Sixers and hopefully end my career in Philadelphia."

Marshall agreed to a one-year deal with Philadelphia this week and became the latest free-agent to join a team pointed toward a run in the Eastern Conference. The 6-foot-9 Marshall averaged 11.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 11 seasons and tied the NBA record for 3-pointers in a game with 12 against the Sixers in 2005.

"It was also a good feeling playing against the Sixers, knowing a lot of people from my hometown were watching and it was also my wife's birthday," he said.

Marshall, a Reading, Pa., native, was the fourth overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by Minnesota. He started last season with Cleveland before being sent to Seattle in a three-team trade in February. Seattle, now Oklahoma City, waived Marshall in August.

"As soon as there was talk of a buyout, my agent started asking me what teams would I be interested in. After I saw that Elton Brand signing, I told him I would be interested in the Sixers," he said. "My agent gave them a call and they said they were interested."

The Sixers have been busy this summer after reaching the playoffs for the first time in three years. They signed two-time All-Star forward Elton Brand, added free-agent guards Royal Ivey and Kareem Rush, free-agent center Theo Ratliff, and re-signed two of their most important players to long-term contracts, guard Louis Williams and forward Andre Iguodala.

"I am excited to come to a team that made plenty of moves to move in the right direction and has a good chance of winning," he said.


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