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The Philadelphia 76ers have exercised the rookie-scale contract options on swingman Ben Simmons, forward Dario Saric and swingman Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, the team announced in a press release.
The Sixers also officially announced that they exercised their fourth-year option on wing Justin Anderson.
Simmons was the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft and is in the midst of his rookie year. The 6-foot-10 do-it-all started his career with double-doubles in each of his first four games. Per the Sixers, “he was the first player to do so since Shaquille O’Neal notched double-doubles in his first 11 career contests in 1992-93.”
Per the release:
Šarić, who was acquired by Philadelphia in a draft-night trade in 2014 after being selected 12th overall by the Orlando Magic, joined teammate Joel Embiid on the NBA’s All-Rookie First Team a season ago, after finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting. In his debut season, the Croatia native played in 81 games (36 starts) and averaged 12.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 26.3 minutes per game. He was the 11th rookie in franchise history to score at least 1,000 points (1,068) and the first foreign-born member of the group.
Luwawu-Cabarrot was drafted by the Sixers with the 24th overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft. He went on to appear in 69 games (19 starts), averaging 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game as a rookie in 2016-17. The 6-6 swingman from France, started the last 18 games of the season while averaging 12.9 points in those contests. He produced a 23-point performance at Toronto on April 2 and a career-high 24-point outing vs. Indiana on April 10.