Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Hill signed, Satterfield waived

By Janie McCauley
The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Philadelphia 76ers signed veteran power forward Tyrone Hill (Xavier) on Monday to add depth to their frontcourt. To make room for Hill, the team waived guard Kenny Satterfield (UC).

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Hill was cut by Cleveland on Feb. 27, and 76ers coach Larry Brown had said he would like to have Hill rejoin the team. Hill, 34, played 21/2 seasons for the 76ers from 1999-2001 after being acquired in a four-player trade with Milwaukee. The 1995 All-Star was traded to the Cavaliers last season.

Hill arrived at Arco Arena late in the first quarter of the Sixers' game against the Pacific Division-leading Kings, and entered the game in the second quarter.

"We just needed a quality player," Brown said. "We tried to do that before the trade deadline. I never wanted to see him leave. Things have a funny way of working out."

Hill, in his 13th NBA season, was averaging 6.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 26.7 minutes with the Cavs, but was frustrated they didn't move him before the Feb. 20 trading deadline.

In Philadelphia's 100-94 win at Denver on Sunday, Brown had times he wanted to substitute, but didn't have players available. Keith Van Horn missed the game with a stomach virus, and Allen Iverson was in foul trouble - he was whistled for charging four times - picking up his sixth foul with 5:49 left.

Brown didn't say how much he expects Hill will play.

"He's going to play for us," Brown said. "He's a great defender, a great rebounder. He's going to make it easy on Derrick (Coleman), he's going to make it easy on Kenny (Thomas). And Keith having another big guy next to him will be helpful."

Satterfield averaged 0.6 points and 0.8 assists and 4.9 minutes in 16 games for the Sixers, who claimed him off waivers Dec. 23.

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