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76ers to sign teenager with special needs to contract

By Royce Young | NBA writer

The 76ers are having a pretty horrible season, but they may have just made the best deal in franchise history.

The team will sign Kevin Grow, the Bensalem High School senior with Down syndrome who served as the basketball team's manager before suiting up the final two games and scoring 13 points, including four 3-pointers.

Via The Morning Call, Grow will be offered the contract in person from general manager Sam Hinkie.

After he signs his two-day contract, Grow will eat dinner in the players lounge, tour the practice facility and receive Sixers gear. He will also join the team on the floor toward the end of practice, meet and shoot around with his new teammates, and be greeted by his coaches.

On Tuesday, February 18, before the Sixers host the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:00 p.m., Grow will participate in pregame activities starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center, arriving early with his family to see his locker in the Sixers locker room and receive a custom jersey. Grow will then watch pregame warm-ups, take part in the high-five tunnel when players take the court for the game and stand with his team during the National Anthem.

During a timeout, Grow and the Bensalem High School basketball team will finally take the court for a special presentation to wrap his two days with the Sixers.

With the trade deadline approaching this Thursday and the Sixers sure to be major players, forget it, you can go ahead and grade them already, because this move was a blockbuster.

And hey, they could probably use a sharpshooter anyway.

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