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Sixers sign draft choice Holiday

The 76ers might not have their point guard of the moment, but at least they have their point guard of the future under contract.

The 76ers might not have their point guard of the moment, but at least they have their point guard of the future under contract.

That became a reality yesterday when they signed Jrue Holiday, the No. 17 overall pick in the NBA's June draft. By the terms of the rookie wage scale that is part of the collective bargaining agreement, Holiday accepted a package that includes two guaranteed seasons and options for third and fourth seasons.

The No. 17 pick is slotted for guaranteed salaries of $1,261,900 and $1,356,600, although those numbers can be negotiated up by as much as 20 percent.

Holiday, the Gatorade National Player of the Year at Campbell Hall High in California in 2007-08, spent one season at UCLA. Rated the No. 1 point guard in the country by Rivals.com coming out of high school, he played shooting guard for the Bruins when Darren Collison pulled out of the 2008 draft and returned for his senior season. Collison was the No. 21 pick in June, going to the New Orleans Hornets.

Holiday, 19, averaged 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals in his 35-game college career. He averaged 8.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.6 steals in five games with the combined Sixers-New Jersey Nets entry in the Orlando Summer Pro League.

The formal addition of Holiday gives the Sixers three guards on the current roster, joining holdovers Willie Green and Lou Williams; Andre Iguodala has also logged time in the backcourt, sometimes as a shooting guard, sometimes as a point forward.

And while the Sixers remain in a sign-and-trade mode concerning unrestricted free agent Andre Miller, a source indicated that president/general manager Ed Stefanski has also been monitoring a situation involving Golden State Warriors free agent guard C.J. Watson and the Orlando Magic.

The source confirmed that Watson had earlier rejected a 1-year, $2.3 million offer from the Sixers. If Watson were not to sign with the Magic, it is possible that the Sixers could make a fresh offer. Derrick Powell, one of Watson's agents, said Watson is working out regularly in Las Vegas, where he makes his home.

Magic general manager Otis Smith did not respond to messages left by the Daily News. *

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