Monday , Jun , 27 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors exercise option on Bosh

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors exercised the contract
option on Chris Bosh on Monday, keeping the forward with the team through the
2006-07 season.

Bosh averaged 16.8 points and a team-leading 8.9 rebounds last season, his
second with the club. He totaled a team-best 32 double-doubles, including
career-highs of 33 points on March 6 at New Orleans and 22 rebounds on March
25 at Philadelphia.

“Chris showed tremendous development both as a player and a leader last
season,” said Rob Babcock, Raptors general manager. “He has proven to be a key
performer for us and we look forward to even bigger things from him in years
to come.”

The Raptors’ first-round draft pick (fourth overall) in 2003, Bosh has
averaged 14.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in 156 games. He was an All-Rookie
selection in his first season, averaging 11.5 points and 7.4 rebounds.

Per the collective bargaining agreement, the Raptors had until October 31 to
exercise their option on Bosh. He will become a restricted free agent
following the 2006-07 season with the Raptors holding the right of first