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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams sign rookie deals

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With the opening of training camp penciled in for Saturday, the 76ers contractually locked up two rookies – one of which will be a participant in the preseason proceedings, while the other will be a spectator.

First-round draft picks Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams came to terms on their rookie contracts with the club, the Sixers announced Tuesday afternoon.

Terms of the deals have not been disclosed, in compliance with team policy. Rookie contracts for first-round draft choices include two-year guarantees with third- and fourth-year team options. And with the NBA’s slotted salary scale for draft picks, Noel figures to make somewhere around $2.5 million this season while Carter-Williams’ pay will hover around $1.8 million.
Michael Carter-Williams (AP)

Noel, the sixth overall pick in the June 27 draft who was acquired from New Orleans in exchange for a package deal that included Jrue Holiday, isn’t slated to participate in training camp while continuing to rehab his surgically repaired left knee. The Sixers will bring along Noel slowly and the 6-11 center’s return to the court shouldn’t be expected any sooner than December, if at all, following an ACL tear in February of his only season at Kentucky.

Carter-Williams, the 11th overall pick by the Sixers, figures to be a starter in the team’s backcourt. The 6-6 point guard out of Syracuse averaged 14 points, seven assists and four rebounds with the Sixers in the Orlando Summer League.

The Sixers will hold media-day proceedings Friday, before opening training camp Saturday at Saint Joseph’s University. Their first preseason game will be Oct. 6 in Bilbao, Spain.

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