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Brown's arrival moves Hawes to power forward

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With 13 players under contract and perhaps only one more spot available, the 76ers' roster could be all but finalized.

Sixers coach Doug Collins said he plans to begin veterans' camp with a starting frontcourt of Spencer Hawes at power forward and Kwame Brown at center. Collins expects Brown, who agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract that includes a $3 million player option for $3 million, to provide rebounding and interior defense and to allow Hawes to shoot jumpers and play away from the basket on offense. Not known for his quickness, Hawes could have trouble covering opposing "4s" at the other end.

Collins is a big proponent of the well-traveled Brown, saying the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft "took a lot less money to come play for us."

"To get Kwame on the contract we got him, we feel pretty blessed," Collins said. "He's in a great place right now. I think we're going to see the best of what Kwame has to offer."

Collins coached Brown in his first two professional seasons with the Wizards, and the two butted heads more than a few times along the way.

Philly fans on message boards and Twitter weren't too happy with the Brown signing or the idea of using Hawes at power forward. They wanted the Sixers to make more of a splash in an offseason in which division rival New Jersey and others might have improved more than Collins' squad.

But the Sixers were committed to handing out contracts of two years (Hawes, Brown and Lavoy Allen) or fewer (Nick Young, Dorell Wright and Royal Ivey are on one-year deals). That could give the Sixers the ability to make an impact in free agency in either 2013 or '14.

Collins envisions a starting group of Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Hawes and Brown, with a second unit of Nick Young, Wright, Thaddeus Young, Allen and possibly Royal Ivey. Nikola Vucevic and rookie first-rounders Moe Harkless and Arnett Moultrie round out the team.

"We think we're young," Collins said. "We think we're deep."

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