Monday , Aug , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks exercise options on three players

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks on Monday exercised
contract options for the 2007-08 season on forwards Josh Smith and Marvin
Williams and guard Josh Childress.

Smith and Childress were both first-round picks in 2004 while Williams was
grabbed second overall in the 2005 draft.

“This move is reflective of the tremendous progress all three of these young
men have made in their brief NBA careers,” Hawks general manager Billy Knight
said. “Individually and collectively, they have established themselves as
important parts of our nucleus, they are great fan favorites, and we feel they
will continue to elevate their games moving forward.”

Smith averaged 11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game last season
and finished second the NBA with 208 total blocks. Smith, selected 17th
overall in 2004, is the youngest player in league history to reach 300 blocks.

Childress, the sixth overall pick in 2004, ended his campaign last year with
10 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

Finally, Williams finished up his rookie campaign with 8.5 points and 4.8
rebounds per contest and was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team.