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Suns Sign West

Sixteen-year NBA veteran Mark West signed on for a second tour of duty with the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-10 center's trademark is sure shooting. He's second in NBA history to Artis Gilmore in field-goal percentage (.581 to .599). West was even better during six-plus seasons in Phoenix, averaging 7.2 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 61.4 percent.

West played for Dallas in 1983-84, and spent parts of the next season with Milwaukee and Cleveland.

The Cavaliers traded him and point guard Kevin Johnson to the Suns on Feb. 25, 1988, and West went on to play in 521 consecutive games before the Suns traded him to Detroit in 1994.

He returned to Cleveland in 1996-97, spent the next season with Indiana and was a backup for Atlanta's Dikembe Mutombo last season. He played in 49 of 50 games for the Hawks, averaging 1.2 points and 2.2 rebounds.

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