Rejoice, fans of Larry Sanders, Ekpe Udoh and Tobias Harris – The Milwaukee Bucks have picked up the options of all three players. Per a press release:
The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the third-year contract option on Tobias Harris (6-8, 226), and the fourth-year contract option on Larry Sanders (6-11, 235) and Ekpe Udoh (6-10, 245), General Manager John Hammond announced today.
Under the terms of the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement, the first two years of a first round draft pick’s contract are guaranteed, while the third and fourth year of the contract are the team’s option.
Sanders and Udoh will enter next season in the current situation Brandon Jennings is in: Both will be able to play out the season and enter restricted free agency or sign contract extensions prior to October 31 of 2012. Harris will have another option year to be picked up next season before he approaches restricted free agency.
Sanders, 23, played in 52 games last season and led the team in blocks with 76 total (1.5 per game). He also averaged 3.6 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game. Udoh, 25, appeared in 61 games (11 starts) split between Golden State andMilwaukee last season, averaging 5.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.67 blocks (11th in the NBA) in 21.2 minutes per contest. In the 11 games he started, five with Milwaukee, Udoh averaged 10.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.82 blocks.
Harris, 20, appeared in 42 games (nine starts) last year during his rookie season and averaged 5.0 points with 2.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 11.4 minutes per contest. He’s currently vying for the starting small forward role while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute rehabs from offseason knee surgery.