Basketball - Brown officially unveiled by 76ers

Brett Brown thought long and hard about leaving a winning tradition in San Antonio to start almost from scratch in Philadelphia.

Basketball - Brown officially unveiled by 76ers

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Basketball coach Brett Brown (AFP)

In the end, the 76ers got their man.

Brown was officially named the 24th head coach in team history on Wednesday after a four-month search to replace Doug Collins.

"I'm not a gypsy coach," Brown said. "I like commitment from both sides. It's hard sitting there going through a normal rebuild process. You have to stay focused on what you're here for."

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced that the team reached agreement with center Nikola Pekovic on a long-term contract.

The Timberwolves did not release contract details, but reports indicated that the 6-foot-11 Pekovic received a five-year, $60 million deal. According to ESPN, the package includes $8 million in incentives.

The 27-year-old averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds last season in 62 games, all starts.

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Veteran forward Al Harrington has joined the Washington Wizards, the team announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Wizards, but earlier reported that it was a one-year contract.

The Orlando Magic waived Harrington, considered one of the best free agents remaining on the market, on August 2. He played in just 10 games for the Magic last season after miniscus surgery on a knee and a subsequent staph infection. He averaged 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in limited duty.

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