In a standard move, the 76ers and General Manager Ed Stefanski announced today they will exercise the third-year options on the contracts of Jason Smith and Thaddeus Young.
Both Smith and Young were first-round selections in the 2007 NBA Draft. Young was the Sixers’ pick, 12 overall, while Smith was originally selected by Miami at 20th overall.
The Sixers acquired Smith in exchange for Daequan Cook – their 21st overall pick – a future second round pick and cash considerations.
Young, who is currently the Sixers starting small forward, averaged 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds last season, his rookie year.
Smith tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss this season after having the knee surgically repaired.
Smith averaged 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds last season.