Sixers sign Jeremy Pargo for rest of season

Sixers sign Jeremy Pargo for rest of season

February 18, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Though Jeremy Pargo’s first 10-day contract expired on Sunday, the Sixers did not bother giving him a second one.

Instead the team decided to sign Pargo for the remainder of the season.

“He’s very strong and quick and he’s very competitive,” coach Doug Collins said. “I can play he and Jrue [Holiday] together and the other night I played Jeremy, Jrue and [Royal Ivey] on the floor at the same time just trying to get more playmakers on the floor.

“He’s tough, he gets to the basket, he’ll defend his position and we need more speed. We have to be able to take the ball out of Jrue’s hands some because teams are trapping him.”

Pargo has appeared in three games for the Sixers, posting 24 points on 9-for-24 shooting. He scored 12 in his debut in the Feb. 9 victory over Charlotte in 29 minutes and has averaged 25 minutes in his three games.

Before joining the Sixers, Pargo played for Cleveland where he took over the starting point guard job when All-Star Kyrie Irving was injured. His first start of the season was against the Sixers, and Pargo poured in 28 points to lead the Cavaliers to the victory.

Now that he’s with the Sixers, Pargo’s role is to give Holiday some time at the two-guard spot so he can get time without the ball. So far in the three games, Holiday has enjoyed playing alongside Pargo at the point.

“I’m excited for him,” Holiday said. “I love playing with him and it takes some pressure off so I don’t have to handle the ball all the time. He can yell at me and tell me where to go and he can use the screen-and-roll and do all of that. I’m excited to play with him.”

The Sixers return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Minnesota.

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