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Bucks Sign Mason for $21 Million

October 25, 2001

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The Milwaukee Bucks signed All-Star forward Anthony Mason to a four-year, $21 million contract Thursday.

They had been working on a deal since the Bucks cleared cap room Monday by trading Scott Williams to Denver.

The 34-year-old Mason gives the jump-shooting Bucks an inside presence that they lacked when they were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals last season by the Philadelphia 76ers.

``Anthony brings an added dimension of strength and toughness, both offensively and defensively, to our ballclub,″ general manager Ernie Grunfeld said. ``He’s a fierce competitor who knows the game, and knows how to use his size to his advantage.″

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