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.