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Kings Sign Funderburke, Martin

August 4, 1999

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ The Sacramento Kings re-signed forward Lawrence Funderburke on Wednesday and picked up point guard Darrick Martin, a free agent from the Los Angeles Clippers.

``We are solidifying the depth of our team with relatively young players who have proven productivity in this league,″ said Geoff Petrie, the team’s vice president of basketball operations.

On Tuesday, the Kings acquired shooting guard Nick Anderson from Orlando in exchange for guard Tariq Abdul-Wahid and a future No. 1 pick. The team has already re-signed two of its free agents, guard Jon Barry and forward-center Scot Pollard, and is expected to re-sign forward Corliss Williamson.

Funderburke, 28, averaged 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds over his two-year NBA career with the Kings. Last season, the 6-foot-9 forward shot a team-leading 55.9 percent from the field while averaging 8.9 points per game.

He was a second-round pick out of Ohio State in the 1994 NBA draft, then played three professional seasons in Europe before signing with the Kings for the 1997-98 season.

A five-year NBA veteran, Martin has averaged 9.2 points, 4.0 assists, and 1.6 rebounds with the Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Vancouver Grizzlies.

Martin, 29, averaged 8.0 points and 3.9 assists for the Clippers last year.

``Darrick provides us with an experienced point guard who has started a number of games over his NBA career,″ Petrie said. ``Along with Jason Williams, Darrick solidifies our situation at point guard, which was a position this offseason we wanted to address.″

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