DENVER -- Denver Nuggets officials said Sunday the team has
exercised options on the contracts of two players, keeping guard
J.R. Smith on the roster for a fourth year and retaining forward
Linas Kleiza for a third year.
Denver acquired Smith from Chicago in exchange for guard Howard
Eisley and two second-round draft picks on July 20. In eight
preseason games, he was second on the team with an average of 14.4
points per game and shot .392 from 3-point range.
Smith averaged 9.2 points per game and 2 rebounds per game in
131 games in his first two seasons.
In the preseason, Kleiza averaged 13.9 points and 3.9 rebounds
per game. As a rookie last season, he appeared in 61 games,
averaging 3.5 points and 1.9 rebounds.
Denver acquired Kleiza, the 27th overall pick of the 2005 NBA
draft, from Portland, along with the 35th pick in the 2005 draft in
exchange for the draft rights to Jarrett Jack.