Bulls exercise options on Markkanen, Carter Jr. and Hutchison

Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen averaged 18.7 points despite battling injuries last season.

The Chicago Bulls have exercised their fourth-year option on forward Lauri Markkanen and the third-year options on center Wendell Carter Jr. and small forward Chandler Hutchison, the team announced in a news release.

All three now have their deals guaranteed through the end of next season.

Markkanen averaged 18.7 points and 9.0 rebounds in 52 games last season, shooting 43 percent from the field.

Like Markkanen, Carter Jr. battled injuries for much of last season, but still appeared in 44 games and averaged 10.3 points and 7.0 rebounds.

Hutchison also appeared in 44 games last season as a rookie, averaging 5.2 points and 4.2 boards.