( dpa )- After 14 years and five teams, Chris Webber's NBA career has come full circle as he announced his return to the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
"It is with great pride and humility that I announce my return to the Golden State Warriors, the place where it all started," Webber said in a statement released by the club. "This organization and city has always had a special place in my heart because it is where my dream of being an NBA player first came true."
Webber, who began his NBA career with the Warriors in the 1993-94 season , rejoins the club and will be reunited with his former head coach Don Nelson.
"We're glad that Chris has elected to sign with our club and feel fortunate to add a player with his ability," Golden Sate executive vice president of basketball operations Chris Mullin said. "We think he will be a nice addition to our team and provide additional depth to our frontcourt and an added veteran presence on the floor."
The 34-year-old gimpy-kneed free-agent forward, who owns career averages of 20.9 points and 9.8 rebounds has not played since appearing in last years playoffs with the Detroit Pistons. However, the five-time All-Star selection could be in uniform as early as Friday night when the Warriors host the Charlotte Bobcats.
Nelson and Webber had a stormy history together, but both claimed to have reconciled over the years.
"I am extremely excited to be reunited with the fans of Oakland along with coach Nelson." Webber said. "His skills as a coach are obvious. To me, personally, were both older, more mature. It wont be a problem."
In the 1993-94 season - Webber's first and only with the Warriors, he helped them to a 50-32 record along with a playoff appearance.
However, several months after winning the Rookie of the Year Award, he engineered a trade to Washington to get away from Nelson, who was later moved upstairs as Golden State's general manager.
Though a step slower, Webber is convinced he will be a good fit in the Warriors' up-tempo style, and Nelson agreed.
"I think he has a chance to make some of our players better and make our team better," Nelson said. "Really that's all that's important. I'll get along with anybody who can help our team."