The Washington Wizards have signed veteran center Calvin Booth. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but according to a league source Booth signed a two-year deal that includes a player option for the second year.
The 6-foot-11 Booth was a second-round pick of the Wizards in 1999 and has averaged 4.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game during a six-season career that has included stops with Dallas, Seattle and Milwaukee.
Booth was waived by the Bucks in August under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement that allows teams a one-time exception to release a player without having that player's salary count against the luxury tax. The Bucks will still owe Booth $6.5 million this season and $6.8 million during the 2006-2007 season.
Booth, who played in 51 games as a Wizard before he was traded to Dallas in February 2001, appeared in 51 games with Dallas and Milwaukee last season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
His addition means that the Wizards now have 16 players under contract for the upcoming season, including restricted free agent point guard Steve Blake, who is expected to sign elsewhere. The Wizards would have the option of matching any offer made to Blake, who has drawn interest from several teams, including Cleveland and Miami.
The Wizards are still ironing out details for training camp but are expected to open camp during the first week of October. The Wizards open the preseason Oct. 10 at MCI Center against the Cleveland Cavaliers and open the regular season Nov. 2 at Toronto.
The Wizards also announced yesterday that owners Abe and Irene Pollin will donate $100,000 to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
-- Ivan Carter