OAKLAND, Calif. Chris Webber has returned to the Golden State Warriors and coach Don Nelson, more than 13 years after a battle between the two men led Webber to force a trade. Warriors executive vice president Chris Mullin said the free agent forward had signed a contact, but did not release details of the deal.
Webber, a five-time All-Star, had confirmed in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Monday night that he was set to rejoin the Warriors.
Nelson apparently masterminded the Warriors' decision to re-sign Webber, who hasn't played in the NBA this season, as a backup big man and offensive playmaker. Webber last appeared in the 2007 playoffs with Detroit.
Webber was NBA Rookie of the Year with the Warriors in 1993-94. He demanded a trade following that season, and has since played for Washington, Sacramento, Philadelphia and Detroit.
KIDD WANTS OUT: Jason Kidd says he wants to be traded from the slumping New Jersey Nets.
The Nets, losers of nine in a row, were scheduled to play the Milwaukee Bucks at home Tuesday night. Kidd attended the team's morning shootaround but did not talk to reporters.
Nets president Rod Thorn said he hadn't talked to Kidd on Tuesday, and declined to discuss which teams have expressed an interest in the nine-time All-Star. He said he wouldn't be forced into making a deal.
His debut is a boost for a team that is starting to show some progress even though it was a league-worst 8-35 entering the game.