The New Jersey Nets have exercised third year contract options on Courtney Lee and Brook Lopez, and a fourth year contract option on Yi Jianlian, while declining to pick up the fourth year contract option on Sean Williams, Nets President Rod Thorn announced today. Lee, Lopez and Yi are now signed through the 2010-11 season. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released.
Lee was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft. He was traded to New Jersey on June 25, 2009 along with Rafer Alston and Tony Battie for Ryan Anderson and Vince Carter. The Western Kentucky product appeared in 77 games for Orlando last season, earning 42 starts. He averaged 8.4 points while shooting .450 (243-540) from the field and .404 (82-203) from downtown, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 25.2 minutes per game.
Lopez was selected by the Nets in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft with the 10th overall pick. He was the only Net to appear in all 82 games, earning 75 starts from 11/14 vs. ATL through 4/15 at NYK. Lopez averaged 13.0 points (6th among rookies), 8.1 rebounds (2nd among rookies) and 1.84 blocks (9th in NBA, 1st among rookies) in 30.5 minutes per contest (7th among rookies). He shot .531 (448-844) from the field (1st among rookies) and .793 (172-217) from the line (5th among rookies) while being selected to NBA All-Rookie First Team. He finished third in NBA Rookie of the Year voting (Derrick Rose, O.J. Mayo) and set the Nets all-time rookie blocks record with 151. He recorded 55 games scoring in double figures, 13 games scoring 20+ points, one game scoring 30+ points, 23 games with 10+ rebounds and a Nets rookie center record 18 double-doubles. The Stanford product led the Nets in scoring nine times, in rebounds 48 times and in blocks 57 times.
Yi was selected with the sixth pick in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by Milwaukee. He was traded to New Jersey, along with Bobby Simmons, for Richard Jefferson on June 26, 2008. During the 2008-09 campaign, Yi appeared in 61 games, earning 52 starts. He averaged 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 23.3 minutes per contest. He shot .382 (191-500) from the field, .772 (95-123) from the line and .343 (48-140) from downtown. The 7-foot forward recorded 23 games scoring in double figures, four games scoring 20+ points, four games with 10+ rebounds and three double-doubles. He led the Nets in scoring three times, in rebounds 10 times, and in blocks nine times. Yi missed 16 games with a broken fifth finger, right hand (1/12-2/10) which he suffered on 1/9/09 at Milwaukee. Yi is a member of the Chinese National Team and competed in 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2004 games in Athens.
Sean Williams was selected 17th overall in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by New Jersey. He appeared in 106 games over two seasons, averaging 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per contest.