Smith cleared, Christmas to workout

The Sixers will workout five players in a pre-draft workout Thursday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The workout will be at 10 a.m. Here are the five players: 

1.) Dionte Christmas, Temple

2.) Darren Collison, UCLA

3.) Jack McClinton, Miami

4.) Wayne Ellington, North Carolina

5.) Marcus Thornton, LSU

The Sixers have the 17th pick in the June 25 NBA Draft.

And here's even more news from Sixer-land, one day after the Reggie Evans-Jason Kapono trade: Sixers announced that center Jason Smith, who tore his ACL last summer, has been cleared by Dr. David Altchek to do basketball court work without limitations. Altchek reported he is "pleased with the progress" Smith has made.

"This is very encouraging news and a testament to the hard work Jason has put in over the past nine months," said Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski.

For the next two to three months, Smith will wear a left knee brace during on-court work. And his progress will continue to be monitored by the Sixers medical staff. The progression will be individual skill work, shooting drills, and then onto 1-on-1, 3-on-3, then 5-on-5 games. Sixers have set no timetable for this progression, but will base his progression on how he feels during each step.


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