The Bulls have exercised their third-year team option on small forward Doug McDermott and fourth-year team option on swingman Tony Snell, the team announced. Both options are for the 2016/17 campaign, when McDermott is set to earn $2,483,040 and Snell is due $2,368,327. These moves now give Chicago approximately $64.75MM in guaranteed salary committed for next season.
McDermott, 23, appeared in 36 contests last season during a disappointing rookie campaign when he averaged 3.0 points and 1.2 rebounds on 40.2% shooting. His defensive shortcomings no doubt played a part in limiting his minutes to 8.9 per game under former coach Tom Thibodeau, though McDermott failed to impress on the offensive end of the court when he was able to crack Chicago’s rotation. The former No. 11 overall pick has certainly looked more comfortable in Fred Hoiberg‘s system, though the sample size remains small.
The 23-year-old Snell is known primarily for his defensive abilities, as well as his high-energy style of play. Snell appeared in 72 games during the 2014/15 season, including 22 starts, and he notched averages of 6.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 19.6 minutes per contest. His career numbers are 5.3 PPG, 2.0 RPG, and 0.9 RPG to accompany a slash line of .408/.349/.780.