- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 13, 2010

WASHINGTON | Center Hilton Armstrong has signed a free-agent contract with the Washington Wizards.

The deal, announced Tuesday, gives the Wizards an experienced 6-foot-11 backup center known as a shot-blocking defensive specialist.

The 25-year-old Armstrong was the 12th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets after he was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year at Connecticut in 2005-06.

In 224 career games with New Orleans, Sacramento and Houston, Armstrong has averaged 3.4 points and 2.6 rebounds.