Bulls exercise options on three players
The Chicago Bulls announced today that they have exercised their fourth-year options for the 2007-08 season on guard Ben Gordon and forwards Luol Deng and Viktor Khryapa.
In two seasons with the Bulls, Gordon, a 6-3, 200-pound guard, has appeared in 162 games (50 starts) for the Bulls, and averaged 16.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 27.7 mpg and shot .417 from the floor, .421 from behind the arc and .825 from the line. Selected with the third pick in NBA Draft 2004, Gordon is the only rookie in NBA history to receive the league’s Sixth Man Award.
The 6-9, 220-pound Deng has appeared in 139 games (101 starts) and posted averages of 13.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg and 30.7 mpg. He has shot .452 from the field and .747 from the line. Deng, the seventh pick in NBA Draft 2004, came to the Bulls in a Draft-night deal with the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a future conditional first-round pick, the draft rights to Jackson Vroman (31st overall pick) and cash considerations.
Khryapa, 6-9, 218 pounds, became a member of the Bulls on June 28, 2006, in a deal that sent him and the draft rights to Tyrus Thomas to Chicago for the draft rights to LaMarcus Aldridge. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Khryapa was the 22nd overall pick in NBA Draft 2004. Over two seasons, he has played in 101 games (58 starts) and averaged 5.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 20.0 mpg and shot .455 from the floor, .341 from downtown and .654 from the line.
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