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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ? (AP) ? Chris Webber could be headed to the Detroit Pistons, returning to the area where he starred in college and was tarnished in a booster scandal.

 

The five-time All-Star was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers last week. He becomes an unrestricted free agent after clearing waivers Tuesday, freeing him to sign a new deal.

 

When asked for an update on his future, Webber told The Associated Press in an e-mail: "Detroit homie..... Detroit!''

 

Webber did not immediately respond Monday to follow-up e-mails seeking elaboration. Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek said the team wouldn't comment until Webber clears waivers at 2 p.m. EST.

 

Messages also were left for Joe Dumars, Pistons president of basketball operations, and Webber's agent, Aaron Goodwin.

 

The 76ers cut ties Thursday with Webber by buying out the final 1 1/2 years of his contract, which called for him to make nearly $21 million this season and $22 million next year.

 

Webber would be coming back to familiar territory. He was born in Detroit and was one of the nation's outstanding college players at Michigan. His accomplishments, however, were clouded by his ties to a booster that resulted in federal charges against him and NCAA sanctions against the university.

 

Webber, the No. 1 pick overall in 1993, wants to contribute to a contender, and Detroit would give him a

chance to do that.

 

Webber, 6-foot-10, might start at center next to power forward Rasheed Wallace. The Pistons have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and are the first team since the early 1990s to advance to four straight conference championships.

 

 

Why is it that none of these marquee player FA's ever want to play here in Miami...this would be the third in the last two years that clears waivers is mentioned with Miami and signs elsewhere...are they that afraid of hard practices that the Heat goes through???

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Why is it that none of these marquee player FA's ever want to play here in Miami...this would be the third in the last two years that clears waivers is mentioned with Miami and signs elsewhere...are they that afraid of hard practices that the Heat goes through???

He grew up in Detroit, he went to college in the area, and the Pistons are his hometown team. Now he's finally a free agent. Considering that the Pistons are good, why wouldn't he want to play for his hometown team?

 

Who are the other two marquee FA's?

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Why is it that none of these marquee player FA's ever want to play here in Miami...this would be the third in the last two years that clears waivers is mentioned with Miami and signs elsewhere...are they that afraid of hard practices that the Heat goes through???

He grew up in Detroit, he went to college in the area, and the Pistons are his hometown team. Now he's finally a free agent. Considering that the Pistons are good, why wouldn't he want to play for his hometown team?

 

Who are the other two marquee FA's?

Im guessing one is R.Wallace.

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ? (AP) ? Chris Webber could be headed to the Detroit Pistons, returning to the area where he starred in college and was tarnished in a booster scandal.

 

The five-time All-Star was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers last week. He becomes an unrestricted free agent after clearing waivers Tuesday, freeing him to sign a new deal.

 

When asked for an update on his future, Webber told The Associated Press in an e-mail: "Detroit homie..... Detroit!''

 

Webber did not immediately respond Monday to follow-up e-mails seeking elaboration. Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek said the team wouldn't comment until Webber clears waivers at 2 p.m. EST.

 

Messages also were left for Joe Dumars, Pistons president of basketball operations, and Webber's agent, Aaron Goodwin.

 

The 76ers cut ties Thursday with Webber by buying out the final 1 1/2 years of his contract, which called for him to make nearly $21 million this season and $22 million next year.

 

Webber would be coming back to familiar territory. He was born in Detroit and was one of the nation's outstanding college players at Michigan. His accomplishments, however, were clouded by his ties to a booster that resulted in federal charges against him and NCAA sanctions against the university.

 

Webber, the No. 1 pick overall in 1993, wants to contribute to a contender, and Detroit would give him a

chance to do that.

 

Webber, 6-foot-10, might start at center next to power forward Rasheed Wallace. The Pistons have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and are the first team since the early 1990s to advance to four straight conference championships.

 

 

Why is it that none of these marquee player FA's ever want to play here in Miami...this would be the third in the last two years that clears waivers is mentioned with Miami and signs elsewhere...are they that afraid of hard practices that the Heat goes through???

 

I reckon a marquee fellow by the name of Shaquille O'Neal wanted to play in Miami. That went well. And since when is Chris Webber a marquee player? I missed that bulletin. And I hope the other marquee guy you're referring to is not Jalen Rose because once again, not exactly "marquee." Miami is better off without Rose - who hasn't done ANYTHING in Phoenix and they'll be better off with Webber. Go to Detroit, homie. No one's going to notice.

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Why is it that none of these marquee player FA's ever want to play here in Miami...this would be the third in the last two years that clears waivers is mentioned with Miami and signs elsewhere...are they that afraid of hard practices that the Heat goes through???

He grew up in Detroit, he went to college in the area, and the Pistons are his hometown team. Now he's finally a free agent. Considering that the Pistons are good, why wouldn't he want to play for his hometown team?

 

Who are the other two marquee FA's?

 

 

 

well i guess using the term marquee was wrong but i was referring too the players like Jalen Rose and the other name escapes me that he ended up with the Spurs after being bought out....oh well not that it hurt the heat which was pretty evident last season

 

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ? (AP) ? Chris Webber will sign with the Detroit Pistons, returning to the area where he starred in college and was tarnished in a booster scandal.

 

The five-time All-Star was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers last week. He becomes an unrestricted free agent after clearing waivers Tuesday, freeing him to sign a new deal.

 

"Joining the Pistons will allow me the opportunity to play the game I love in my hometown of Detroit surrounded by my family,'' Webber said in a statement Monday.

 

The Pistons said they wouldn't comment until Webber clears waivers at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

 

The 76ers cut ties Thursday with Webber by buying out the final 1 1/2 years of his contract, which called for him to make nearly $21 million this season and $22 million next year.

 

Webber is coming back to familiar territory. He was born in Detroit and was one of the nation's outstanding college players at Michigan. His accomplishments, however, were clouded by his ties to a booster that resulted in federal charges against him and NCAA sanctions against the university.

 

Webber, the No. 1 pick overall in 1993, wants to contribute to a contender, and Detroit gives him a chance to do that.

 

"I look forward to joining a roster of talented athletes and working towards a fourth NBA title for the Pistons and the great city of Detroit,'' he said.

 

Webber, 6-foot-10, could start at center next to power forward Rasheed Wallace. The Pistons have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and are the first team since the early 1990s to advance to four straight conference championships.

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Why is it that none of these marquee player FA's ever want to play here in Miami...this would be the third in the last two years that clears waivers is mentioned with Miami and signs elsewhere...are they that afraid of hard practices that the Heat goes through???

He grew up in Detroit, he went to college in the area, and the Pistons are his hometown team. Now he's finally a free agent. Considering that the Pistons are good, why wouldn't he want to play for his hometown team?

 

Who are the other two marquee FA's?

 

 

 

well i guess using the term marquee was wrong but i was referring too the players like Jalen Rose and the other name escapes me that he ended up with the Spurs after being bought out....oh well not that it hurt the heat which was pretty evident last season

 

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ? (AP) ? Chris Webber will sign with the Detroit Pistons, returning to the area where he starred in college and was tarnished in a booster scandal.

 

The five-time All-Star was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers last week. He becomes an unrestricted free agent after clearing waivers Tuesday, freeing him to sign a new deal.

 

"Joining the Pistons will allow me the opportunity to play the game I love in my hometown of Detroit surrounded by my family,'' Webber said in a statement Monday.

 

The Pistons said they wouldn't comment until Webber clears waivers at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

 

The 76ers cut ties Thursday with Webber by buying out the final 1 1/2 years of his contract, which called for him to make nearly $21 million this season and $22 million next year.

 

Webber is coming back to familiar territory. He was born in Detroit and was one of the nation's outstanding college players at Michigan. His accomplishments, however, were clouded by his ties to a booster that resulted in federal charges against him and NCAA sanctions against the university.

 

Webber, the No. 1 pick overall in 1993, wants to contribute to a contender, and Detroit gives him a chance to do that.

 

"I look forward to joining a roster of talented athletes and working towards a fourth NBA title for the Pistons and the great city of Detroit,'' he said.

 

Webber, 6-foot-10, could start at center next to power forward Rasheed Wallace. The Pistons have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and are the first team since the early 1990s to advance to four straight conference championships.

 

 

You mean Michael Finley

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