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Wizards Sign Guard Larry Hughes

July 18, 2002 GMT

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Free-agent guard Larry Hughes signed a three-year contract with the Washington Wizards on Thursday.

The 6-foot-5, 184-pound Hughes, who can play either guard position, will have an opening salary of $4.5 million. He averaged 12.4 points and 4.3 assists in 73 games with the Golden State Warriors last season.

He’s averaged 13.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists during a four-year NBA career with Philadelphia and Golden State.

During the 2000-01 season, Hughes averaged career highs in points (16.5), rebounds (5.5), assists (4.5) and steals (1.5) _ joining Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Jason Kidd, Steve Francis and Antoine Walker as the only players to average at least 16 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals that season.

``We are confident that Larry Hughes will make a significant contribution to our team,″ Wizards general manager Wes Unseld said.

``He adds versatility to our roster with his ability to play both of the guard positions and his athleticism will help us on both ends of the floor.″

Hughes left Saint Louis University after his freshman year and was the eighth overall selection in the 1998 draft by Philadelphia.