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Washington Basketball Team Could Recruit  Veteran Player Charles Oakley - 2002-10-11

Veteran National Basketball Association power forward Charles Oakley started his career playing alongside Michael Jordan in Chicago. Now it looks like Oakley could finish his career playing with Jordan again, but this time for the Washington Wizards.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Wizards plan to sign Oakley to a one-year, $1 million contract by the end of the week. The reported signing would also reunite Oakley with Wizards assistant coach Patrick Ewing, who played alongside Oakley for 10 years with the New York Knicks.

Washington has been seeking to add toughness to its front line and is hoping the 2.06-meter, 111 kilogram Oakley can fill the bill. Oakley, who turns 39 in December, averaged more than 12 points and 11 rebounds as a teammate of Jordan for three seasons. He followed that with stints with the Knicks and the Toronto Raptors.

Oakley was traded back to Chicago last season, but played in just 57 games due to an assortment of injuries, averaging career-lows of just under four points and six rebounds per game.