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MavsFanFinley
10-17-2003, 09:51 PM
Warriors exercise options on Richardson, Murphy

October 17, 2003

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors exercised the fourth-year contract options on guard Jason Richardson and forward Troy Murphy on Friday.

``We're excited to have Jason and Troy in the fold through the 2004-05 season,'' general manager Garry St. Jean said. ``We think both of these young men are going to be very special players and will be the key to our future success.''

Richardson averaged career highs last season with 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, while Murphy also had career bests with 11.7 points and 10.2 rebounds.

The Warriors went 38-44 last season.

Sacramento exercises option on Wallace

October 17, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The Sacramento Kings exercised their option on forward Gerald Wallace for the 2004-05 season Friday.

Wallace, the 25th overall pick in the 2001 draft, averaged 4.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 47 games last season. He started seven games, but hasn't earned a regular role in the Kings' rotation in two seasons since leaving Alabama after his freshman year.

Wallace, primarily known for his dunking prowess, finished second to Golden State's Jason Richardson in last season's slam dunk competition during the All-Star weekend.

The Kings are counting on Wallace to be a key reserve after not re-signing Jim Jackson in a cost-cutting move and trading Hedo Turkoglu to San Antonio in July.

After undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder during the offseason, Wallace has shown improvements to his game during training camp and the exhibition season.

Jazz picks up option on Kirilenko

October 17, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz on Friday picked up their fourth-year option on forward Andrei Kirilenko.

Kirilenko averaged 12 points and 5.3 rebounds last season as the Jazz's primary reserve. The 6-foot-9 Russian also led the Jazz with 175 blocks.

``This was an easy decision for us,'' Jazz vice president for basketball operations Kevin O'Connor said. ``Andrei embodies our plans for the future in every way.''

The 22-year-old Kirilenko finished third last season in voting for the NBA's Sixth Man Award.

grbh
10-17-2003, 10:17 PM
That is a no brainer. Wallace is going to be a pretty good player.