OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -Chris Webber has returned to the Golden State Warriors and coach Don Nelson, more than 13 years after a battle between the two men led Webber to force a trade.
Warriors executive vice president Chris Mullin said Tuesday that the free agent forward had signed a contact, but did not release details of the deal.
Webber, a five-time All-Star, had confirmed in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Monday night that he was set to rejoin the Warriors.
Nelson apparently masterminded the Warriors' decision to re-sign Webber, who hasn't played in the NBA this season, as a backup big man and offensive playmaker. Webber last appeared in the 2007 playoffs with Detroit.
``We're glad that Chris has elected to sign with our club and feel fortunate to add a player with his ability,'' Mullin said. ``We think he will be a nice addition to our team and provide additional depth to our front court and an added veteran presence on the floor.''
Webber was NBA Rookie of the Year with the Warriors in 1993-94. He demanded a trade following that season, and has since played for Washington, Sacramento, Philadelphia and Detroit.
``It is with great pride and humility that I announce my return to the Golden State Warriors, the place where it all started,'' Webber said in a statement released by the Warriors. ``In playing for Nellie before, I know how much fun his style of ball can be.''
To make room on the roster, the Warriors waived guard Troy Hudson.
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