Monday , Nov , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Utah picks up options on two players

Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) – The Utah Jazz picked up the contract
options on Raul Lopez and Curtis Borchardt for the 2005-06 season.

Both players are now prevented from becoming unrestricted free agents next
summer and under terms of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, Lopez
will receive almost a 75 percent raise and will earn almost $1.8 million next
season. Borchardt’s pay will also climb to almost $2 million.

Lopez, a guard, averaged 7.0 points and 3.7 assists last year in his rookie
campaign. Lopez, who played in all 82 games, was drafted with the 24th overall
pick in the 2001 draft.

Borchardt appeared in just 16 contests last campaign due to broken bones in
his foot and wrist. The center from Stanford averaged only 3.6 points and
grabbed 3.4 boards per game in 2003-04.