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Old 07-20-2008, 11:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Sixers sign Speights

Good move here. He should be pretty good in Philly.

Originally Posted by Yahoo! Sports
The Philadelphia 76ers Saturday signed first-round draft pick Marreese Speights, shoring up what looks to be a strong frontcourt for the 2008-09 season.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to the NBA's rookie salary scale, Speights will earn $1.29 million this season and $1.38 million in his second season, and have an option for a third at $1.48 million. The Sixers drafted Speights, a 6-foot-10 forward out of the University of Florida, with the 16th pick of the 2008 draft.

In the Sixers' frontcourt, Speights joins newly acquired all-star power forward Elton Brand, centers Samuel Dalembert and Jason Smith, and forwards Thaddeus Young and Reggie Evans.

Speights traveled to Las Vegas with the Sixers, playing in five games in the NBA Summer League. The 76ers finished 3-2. Speights averaged 18.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in five games. The NBA Summer League continues through tomorrow. But as of Saturday, Speights was one of only three players averaging a double-double.
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