BOSTON, August 1 -- Free agent center Pervis Ellison signed a contract for an undisclosed amount of money with the Boston Celtics, it was announced Monday. Although terms were not disclosed, M.L. Carr, the team's director of basketball operations, said Ellison 'received a deal extended over six years.'
Ellison is the second free agent signed by the Celtics in 10 days. Boston signed All-Star forward Dominique Wilkins on July 22. The Boston Globe reported Monday that Ellison's contract is a six- year deal worth about $12 million, starting with $1.1 million this coming season. The deal also reportedly features an escape clause after two years. The Celtics have been pursuing a center since opting not to re-sign veteran Robert Parish after last season. 'I really like the fact that the Celtics pursued me,' said Ellison. 'When you walk through that door, you know immediately this organization is focused on trying to win a championship.' Carr landed the first major free-agent acquisition of the offseason with the signing of Wilkins, the ninth-leading scorer in NBA history, to a three-year contract. The 27-year-old Ellison, who was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the the first overall pick in the 1989 NBA draft, has been troubled by injuries throughout his career. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound Ellison has spent the past four years with the Washington Bullets. He was hampered by sore knees last season and averaged just 7.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 47 games. Ellison was acquired by Washington prior to the 1990-91 season for guard Jeff Malone, who was sent to Utah in a three-way trade. Ellison, who was voted the league's Most Improved Player in 1991-92, played in just 34 games as a rookie with the Kings because of various injuries.