Bulls, Chandler agree to terms
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls and forward/center Tyson
Chandler have officially agreed to terms on a long-term contract. Details
of the pact were not disclosed, per team policy.
Chicago and Chandler had originally agreed to the terms of the contract back
on September 1.
Chandler was a restricted free agent after playing a career-high 80 games last
season with the Bulls. He averaged 8.0 points and a career-best 9.7 rebounds
per game in 2004-05.
“We’re very happy that we have come to terms with Tyson and that he will
remain a member of the Chicago Bulls,” Bulls executive vice president of
basketball operations John Paxson said in early September. “Tyson’s play
last season was an important factor to our success and we hope to take the
next step forward with Tyson being a major contributor to our team.”
Originally chosen by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round (second
overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft, Chandler has averaged 7.6 points, 7.3 boards
and 1.4 blocks in 261 career games with Chicago.
Chandler’s draft rights and forward Brian Skinner were dealt to the Bulls for
center Elton Brand on June 27, 2001.
“I’m ecstatic that this contract is done,” Chandler had said in the beginning