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CARBONDALE — Former Saluki Kavion Pippen signed a free-agent contract with the Golden State Warriors, the team announced Monday.

Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Pippen, 22, averaged 12.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.66 blocks per game over two seasons at SIU. The 6-foot-10, 245-pound center from Hamburg, Arkansas, was a third team All-Missouri Valley Conference pick and a member of the league's All-Defensive Team after blocking 63 shots his senior year. 

Pippen became the third former Saluki to sign with a pro team this year. Former guard Sean Lloyd signed with Wiha Schwenningen in Germany and former guard Armon Fletcher signed with Kangaroes Basket Willebroek in Belgium. 

Golden State was in need of some size after Willie Cauley-Stein, possibly the team's starting center, went down with a mid-foot sprain and could miss the first four games of the regular season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Kevon Looney (hamstring) and Alen Smailagic (ankle) are also hurt. 

The Warriors waived Devyn Marble to make room for Pippen. Golden State next hosts Minnesota on Thursday night in a preseason game at 9:30 p.m. 

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todd.hefferman@thesouthern.com

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