Collins returns; Sixers extend contracts for Holiday, Speights

Posted: October 22, 2010

It was a busy day for the 76ers, even though they had a day off before they begin preparing for Wednesday's season opener at home against the vaunted Miami Heat.

The team exercised its options yesterday on point guard Jrue Holiday for his third year, and on forward/center Marreese Speights for his fourth year. Both players are now signed through next season.

Also, the team trimmed its roster to 14, releasing point guard Chris Quinn and forward Trent Plaisted. Quinn, who has 4 years of NBA experience, was brought into camp late and was hurt by the fact that Holiday, Evan Turner and Lou Williams are all capable of running the point. Also, with injuries to big men Spencer Hawes (back), Tony Battie (knee) and Speights (hamstring), the team needed to keep as many big men as possible.

Plaisted is being pursued by a Turkish team and could wind up playing there.

In other news, coach Doug Collins, who missed the last two preseason games with symptoms caused by a Memorial Day concussion, pronounced himself well and fit to return to the team. He flew home from Cincinnati before the team's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday and also missed Wednesday's home game with the Knicks. Collins is now being treated for vertigo.

"I'm feeling great with medicine and treatments," he said via a text message. "Ready to roll."

The team will resume practice today at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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