Oct 30, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Charlotte Bobcats small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) brings the ball up the court during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Bobcats Exercise Team Options For 2014-15

The Charlotte Bobcats will exercise the team options of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo, according to the Charlotte Observer.

All teams are required to decide on the team options of rookie contracts today.

Kidd-Gilchrist is in his second season with the Bobcats. Last year’s second overall pick averaged 9.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and shot 46% from the field during his rookie season.

Kidd-Gilchrist had his share of struggles last season, particularly with the lack of a perimeter shot. He will make a little more than $5 million next season.

For Walker and Biyombo, it will be the final season of their rookie contracts. Walker, the ninth pick overall in 2011, should be an extension candidate in the offseason.

Walker has played in every game for the Bobcats since his arrival. He will make roughly $3.27 million next season. He was the team’s leading scorer last season at 17.7 points per game.

Biyombo’s decision likely wasn’t as easy to make.

The 21-year-old center has underachieved to this point and will cost the team $3.8 million next season. Biyombo started 106 games in his first two seasons in Charlotte, but was moved to the bench this season following the offseason signing of Al Jefferson.

Biyombo is averaging 5.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in his career with the Bobcats.

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