(WSCR) – They may not have been long term extensions, but the Bulls made sure that Derrick Rose, James Johnson and Taj Gibson would remain in Bulls’ uniforms for a little longer.

The Bulls exercised the fourth-year contract option on All-Star forward Rose and third-year options on two forwards, Gibson and Johnson.

By exercising the options Monday, the three players will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2011-2012 seasons.

In his two seasons with the Bulls, Rose has averaged 18.7 points per game. Named to the All-Star team last season, Rose was the first Bulls player so honored since Michael Jordan in 1998. He was a member of the USA Men’s Basketball Team that claimed the gold medal at the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

Gibson appeared in all 82 games during his rookie season, averaging 9 points and 9 rebounds.

Johnson played in 65 contests, averaging 4 points per game.

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