Early Friday afternoon, it was confirmed that power forward Hakim Warrick and the Phoenix Suns have agreed to a 4-year, $18 million deal, sources say. This comes after yesterday's announcement of Channing Frye's decision to return to the Suns with a 5-year, $30 million extension.
Warrick, a Syracuse graduate who turns 28 on July 8, was the 19th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies, he spent the first four seasons of his pro career in with the team that drafted him. After the 2008-2009 season, the power forward entered the free agent market and chose to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks for a one year deal. On February 10, 2010, along with Joe Alexander, he was traded to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for swingman John Salmons and two future 2nd round picks.
Warrick, known for his explosive dunking abilities and adequate low post moves, had his best season with Memphis in 2006-2007 when averaged a career high amount of minutes, points, and rebounds (26.2 mpg, 12.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg.) Last year, playing for two teams, he averaged 9.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 20.5 minutes. Warrick, at 6'9" and 219 pounds, adds size and further depth to the already strong and energetic Suns bench.