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Webber Gets Well in a Hurry With the Warriors : Pro basketball: Top pick reportedly signs 15-year package worth $74.4 million.

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Chris Webber, the No. 1 choice in the NBA draft who is recovering from an appendectomy, signed a long-term contract with the Golden State Warriors that reportedly will make him the second highest-paid player in sports.

The team said Webber signed Saturday night in Detroit. No terms were announced, but sources told the San Francisco Chronicle the 6-foot-10 power forward received a 15-year package worth $74.4 million.

The only player with a bigger package is Larry Johnson of the Charlotte Hornets, who signed for $84 million over 12 years.

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Webber’s contract averages $4.96 million a year, with a salary of $8.32 million in the final year, the Chronicle reported. The agreement also contains a termination clause in which Webber could become a restricted free agent after one season, with a shorter contract to be renegotiated.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Chris and look forward to helping him have a long and productive career in a Warriors’ uniform,” team President Dan Finnane said.

Webber, a former Michigan All-American, was traveling with his family Sunday to attend a news conference today in Oakland.

The Warriors acquired Webber on the night of the NBA draft from the Orlando Magic, giving up the rights to Anfernee Hardaway, the No. 3 overall pick, and three first-round draft picks.

Webber, 20, was the first sophomore selected as the top pick since Magic Johnson in 1979.

He had an appendectomy Oct. 6 in Detroit, but team doctors said he will be able to take part in light workouts later this week.

Webber averaged 19.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.5 blocks last season with Michigan, leading the team to a second consecutive appearance in the national championship game.

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The Warriors open their season Nov. 5 at San Antonio. Webber might play in the team’s last two exhibition games, Oct. 29 at Sacramento and Oct. 30 against Seattle at Oakland.

Bonus Babies

Estimated contracts signed by the top four players in the NBA draft.

Player Team Years Money Avg. Chris Webber Golden State 15 $74,400,000 $4,960,000 Shawn Bradley Philadelphia 8 $44,200,000 $5,530,000 Anfernee Hardaway Orlando 13 $65,000,000 $5,000,000 Jamal Mashburn Dallas 7 $32,000,000 $4,570,000

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