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Sixers sign 1st-rounder Springer to his rookie contract

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Jaden Springer is officially under contract with the Sixers.

The 28th pick in this year's draft signed his rookie deal Wednesday, the team announced.

It's usually a formality that non-stash first-round selections will sign with the team that drafted them. Players can sign for between 80 percent and 120 percent of the rookie scale value. 

The Sixers were pleased that Springer, a physically strong guard from Tennessee, was available at No. 28.

“Jaden’s really exciting," president of basketball operations Daryl Morey said. “I know GMs get killed for talking about upside, but he’s not 19 yet, already a productive player at Tennessee. We feel good about his ability to be a 3-and-D player in this league."

Springer is eager to continue developing as a player, with summer league play in Las Vegas his next step.

“I’ve been trying to touch on everything and improve my game as a whole," he said at his introductory press conference. “For the most part, I’ve really been working on my shot and my handle — those have been two of the biggest things. And my explosiveness — getting in the weight room and the gym.”

Springer will wear No. 11, his number in college. It's been a popular pick in Sixers history, with Caldwell Jones, Manute Bol and Jrue Holiday among the notable players to sport it.

 

The Sixers have not yet signed big man Charles Bassey, the 53rd pick in the draft. Fellow second-rounder Filip Petrušev will likely play next season overseas, according to Morey.