The San Antonio Spurs re-signed free agent forward Malik Rose on Friday. They gave him a $42 million, seven year deal, a source close to the negotiations said on the condition of anonymity. Last season, his fifth with the team, the 6' 7", 255 pound Rose averaged 9.4 points and 6.0 rebounds as the Spurs' sixth man. He played in all 82 games. The 27 year-old Rose stepped into the starting lineup for seven playoff games to replace injured center David Robinson. He averaged 14.6 points and nearly 10 rebounds in those games.
Rose, a second round draft pick of the Charlotte Hornets out of Drexel in 1996, has averaged 6.3 points and 4.3 rebounds for his career. He signed with San Antonio as a free agent in 1997. The new contract ranks among the most lucrative deals in Spurs franchise history. Rose can opt out after the 2006 - 2007 season, and the final season also is at his option.