Sixers have Young, Smith under contract

Posted: July 12, 2007

Thaddeus Young doesn't yet have an agent. Doesn't have any contract celebration stories, either.

"If you call going to my room and getting some rest celebrating, that's what I did," the first of the 76ers' two first-round draft choices said in a conference call with reporters yesterday after signing his rookie contract.

Young, the No. 12 overall pick in the NBA's June 28 draft, is guaranteed $1,525,600 and $1,640,100 for two seasons on the league's rookie scale. Jason Smith, taken No. 20 by the Miami Heat and traded to the Sixers on draft night, also signed yesterday, accepting guarantees of $1,028,200 and $1,105,300.

By the rules of the collective bargaining agreement, each season can be negotiated up a maximum of 20 percent. That means Young's deal could be worth as much as $3,798,840 and Smith's as much as $2,560,200. The Sixers hold options for 2 additional seasons on both players.

Should Derrick Byars and Herbert Hill, the two players acquired in the second round, sign contracts, they would be eligible for the rookie minimum of $427,163.

Going into last night's Las Vegas summer league finale against the Phoenix Suns, Young was averaging 10.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 30.5 minutes in four games, while Smith was averaging 7.8 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds in 29.5 minutes.

The general consensus has been that Young, with just one season at Georgia Tech, is a year or 2 away from blossoming, but he said, "I think, as time goes on, I think I'll adjust much quicker than they think I will. I think I've been playing pretty good in Vegas. I've been getting in, trying to rebound [because] I know we needed some help on the boards; I've been trying to do a little scoring also."

While the Sixers have been listing Young at 6-8, he was measured at 6-5 3/4 in bare feet and 6-7 1/2 in sneakers during the predraft camp in Orlando; Smith, listed at 7-foot, was measured at 6-10 3/4 and 6-11 1/2.

Young averaged 14.4 points and 4.9 rebounds at Georgia Tech; Smith averaged 16.8 points as a Colorado State junior, and led the Mountain Valley Conference in rebounding at 10.1.

The day after the draft, Dale Layer, Smith's college coach - now an assistant at Liberty University - said, "He really blossomed from obscurity into a top 20 player . . . He has a voracious appetite to improve."

The Sixers open a five-game schedule in the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake Citytomorrow night, facing the San Antonio Spurs.

Milicic to Memphis

Scratch free agent center Darko Milicic off the Sixers' shopping list. Milicic's agent, Marc Cornstein, told that Milicic has agreed in principle to a 3-year contract with Memphis.

Scratch free agent center off the Sixers' shopping list. Milicic's agent, , told that Milicic has agreed in principle to a 3-year contract with Memphis.

The Sixers had expressed interest in Milicic, who averaged 8 points and 5.5 rebounds for Orlando last season. *

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