Wroten: Sixers exercising option a 'blessing'

Wroten: Sixers exercising option a 'blessing'
November 1, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Tony Wroten scored 14 points off the bench in the Sixers' season-opening win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday. (USA Today Images)

WASHINGTON -- It’s been a good week for Tony Wroten.

Wednesday night, the second-year player came off the Sixers' bench to score 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, helping the Sixers to a thrilling win over the Miami Heat in their season opener.

On Thursday night, before the 11:59 p.m. deadline, the Sixers exercised the third-year option on Wroten’s rookie contract.

“It is a blessing,” Wroten said. “I just want to thank the Philadelphia 76ers organization for giving me the opportunity and the extension. It is hard work, but hopefully it is also the first of many.”

Wroten was traded to the Sixers from the Grizzlies this summer for a 2014 second-round pick, protected through the top 50 selections.

Considering a year earlier he was selected 25th overall in the NBA draft, it is understandable why Wroten has strong feelings about being with a team that wants him and is giving him playing time.

“I love the city of Philadelphia and I love my teammates,” Wroten said. “So it was a big deal for me to get the contract extension, and by the grace of God, I am happy.”

Wroten hopes to settle in as head coach Brett Brown’s sixth man and concentrate on giving a consistent effort at both ends of the floor on a nightly basis.

“Now you get to just play basketball and not worry about anything,” Wroten said. “Hard work definitely pays off.”

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