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 LOS ANGELES (AP) -Free-agent forward Brian Skinner, a first-round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers 10 years ago, signed with the team on Thursday.
The Clippers reached a deal with the 6-foot-9, 255-pounder, who averaged 3.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in 66 games for the Phoenix Suns last season.
Terms were not announced.
``Brian Skinner is a veteran NBA player who will give us both size and depth in the middle,'' Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor said in a statement. ``We are familiar with Brian, and know that he will be a good fit in his return to the Clippers.''
Skinner has averaged 4.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 538 career NBA games with eight teams. He was the 22nd overall pick in the 1998 draft and played his first three professional seasons with the Clippers.
``We are very pleased to add Brian to our front line,'' Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. ``He adds great size, presence and veteran experience to our team.''
The 32-year-old Skinner is the latest in a long line of additions to the team this summer, joining Baron Davis, Marcus Camby, Ricky Davis, Jason Hart and first-round draft pick Eric Gordon.

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