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Sixers Sign First-Round Pick


The Philadelphia 76ers signed first-round draft pick Jumaine Jones to a three-year contract on Friday.

Under terms of the NBA rookie salary scale, Jones, the 27th overall pick in last month's draft, must be paid at least 80 percent and no more than 120 percent of $570,000 the first year, $612,800 the second and $655,500 the third. The club holds the option for a fourth year.

Exact terms were not revealed.

The 6-foot-7 Jones was obtained by the Sixers in a draft-day trade with the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a future No. 1 pick. He averaged 18.8 points and 9.5 rebounds as a sophomore last year at Georgia.

The Sixers hope the spot-up shooter can come off the bench and take some of the offensive pressure off Allen Iverson and Larry Hughes.

"We're excited to have Jumaine under contract and available for the upcoming summer league," general manager Billy King said. "This will give him an early start and help him get ready for next year."

The Sixers' second-round choice, Todd MacCulloch, remains unsigned.

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