The Wizards signed 6-foot-9 forward Samaki Walker to a one-year contract yesterday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Walker, who averaged 3.2 points and 3.4 rebounds with Miami last season, has spent eight seasons in the NBA. He was a first-round draft choice (ninth overall) of the Dallas Mavericks in 1996.

Ernie Grunfeld, the Wizards' president of basketball operations, said in a statement that Walker's experience was a factor in their signing him. Walker has played in 48 playoff games with the Mavericks, Lakers, Spurs and Heat and was a member of the Lakers' 2002 NBA championship team.

"I know what it takes to win," Walker said. "There are a lot of young guys here and I can mentor them. . . . There's no question I can help some of the young players. I like to just sit down and critique guys. I've played with and know Shaq and Tim Duncan, and I think I can teach some things here."

"Perhaps the most important assets he brings to the team will be his veteran leadership and playoff experience, both of which will be very valuable to our young players," Grunfeld said in the statement.

The Wizards also released their preseason schedule. The team will play eight games. The only home game is against the Charlotte Bobcats on Oct. 24.

The preseason opens with a game against Indiana on Oct. 11 in Muncie, Ind., and ends with a game against the Lakers on Oct. 28 in Oklahoma City. The Wizards open the season Nov. 3 at Memphis.

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