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Originally published January 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified January 25, 2007 at 5:46 PM

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Sonics sign Brown for rest of season

Journeyman forward Andre Brown, whose second 10-day contract expired at 12:01 this morning, signed a contract to stay with the Sonics for the remainder of the season.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Journeyman forward Andre Brown, whose second 10-day contract expired at 12:01 this morning, signed a contract to stay with the Sonics for the remainder of the season.

On Tuesday, coach Bob Hill said he wanted to retain the 6-foot-9 reserve, who has worked himself into the rotation and has taken the place of oft-injured Danny Fortson.

In seven games, Brown is averaging 5.0 points and 2.9 rebounds for the Sonics, who have just 10 healthy players because Rashard Lewis (strained right-hand tendon sheath), Robert Swift (knee surgeries) and Fortson are out and rookie Mouhamed Sene has been assigned to the developmental league.

"We don’t have the bodies to be losing anybody right now,” Hill said.

Under NBA rules, teams must sign a player for the duration of the season or release them after their second 10-day contract.

Brown, 25, is expected to earn about $300,000, which is the prorated portion of a $664,209 salary given to players with one year of NBA service. Since leaving DePaul in 2004, Brown has played extensively overseas and starred with the developmental league’s Sioux Falls team this season before being called up to Seattle.

Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or pallen@seattletimes.com

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