The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward Samaki (suh-MAH-kee) Walker to a free agent contract, General Manager Larry Harris announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Originally drafted by Dallas with the ninth overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, Walker (6-9, 250) has spent time with six separate teams during his 10-year playing career. He wore a Dallas uniform during his first three seasons and enjoyed his best statistical season during the 1997-98 campaign when he averaged 8.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in 41 games with the Mavericks.
He played in 132 games for San Antonio in 1999-00 and 2000-01 and then played in a career-high 69 games (63 starts) during the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2001-02 championship season, averaging 6.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. After another season with the Lakers in 2002-03, Walker had single-season stints in 2003-04 (Miami), 2004-05 (Washington) and 2005-06 (Indiana). He did not play professionally during the 2006-07 season.
The 31-year-old also has an extensive NBA postseason resume. In addition to the Los Angeles championship run in 2002, he has also appeared in playoffs games with San Antonio (2000 & 2001), again with the Lakers (2003) and with Miami (2004). In 48 career postseason games, Walker has averaged 2.4 points and 3.1 rebounds.
Walker also appeared in four contests with Unics Kazan of the Russian League in 2005-06 and posted averages of 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds.
A native of Columbus, OH, Walker played collegiate ball at Louisville for two seasons prior to entering the NBA Draft in 1996. He averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in 50 games as a Cardinal.