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Kelenna Azubuike picks up option to run again with Warriors

May 5, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

In a year when most players with a player option on their contract for next year are testing the free agent market, Kelenna Azubuike is staying put.

He picked up his option for next year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Kelenna Azubuike exercised his option to stay with the Warriors for about $3.3 million in 2010-11, in what became a formality after his 2009-10 season was ended by a torn left patellar tendon. Azubuike, 26, averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in nine games.

The injury certainly played a role in him picking up the option. But it does lead to questions: Why wouldn’t he opt out and try to get a multi-year deal that extends into the new Collective Bargaining Agreement? Is there a concern that the middle of the free agent market may not find things all that lush this summer due to the economy? How does the in-flux ownership situation for the Warriors play into this?

All good questions, but its mostly the injury.

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