Thursday, October 2, 2008
Ben Gordon accepts qualifying offer from Bulls
The Chicago Bulls announced yesterday that guard Ben Gordon agreed to accept the one-year qualifying offer that had been tendered to him by the team.Gordon will thus be under contract with the Bulls until the end of the 2008.09 season, at which time he will become an unrestricted free-agent. This puts an end to all the rumors that circulated this summer regarding a possible Europe transfer.
Gordon has appeared in 316 games, including 128 starting assignments, in four seasons with the Bulls. During that time, he has averaged 18.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.9 apg, while shooting .432 from the field and .416 from three-point range. Last season in 72 games, he led the team in scoring for the third consecutive season, posting 18.6 ppg and shot a career-high .908 percent (third in NBA) from the free throw line. Gordon was selected by the Bulls in the first round (third overall) in the 2004 NBA Draft.