OAKLAND, California (AFP) - Chris Webber signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors here Tuesday, bringing the 34-year-old forward back to the club where he made he National Basketball Association debut.
The deal will bring Webber a pro-rated version of the veteran's minimum of 1.2 million dollars for the remainder of the season, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
"This organization and city has always had a special place in my heart because it is where my dream of being an NBA player first came true," Webber said.
Webber was the NBA Rookie of the Year for the Warriors in 1994 but six months later was involved in a bitter spat with Golden State coach Don Nelson and traded.
"We're glad Chris has elected to sign with our club and feel fortunate to add a player with his ability," said Warriors executive vice president Chris Mullin.
Nelson returned to the Warriors last season and guided the club to its first playoff berth since Webber's 1994 heroics in a 50-32 campaign.
"In playing for Nellie before, I know how much fun his style of ball can be," Webber said. "I believe great things are in store and I can't wait to get on the court."
Webber spent the last 43 games of last season with Detroit, averaging 11.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. He has career averages of 20.9 points and 9.8 rebounds in 822 games.