Noah extends Bulls stay

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CHICAGO, October 4 – The Chicago Bulls have confirmed that they have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with centre Joakim Noah.
The National Basketball Association club announced the deal Monday but did not release details of the contract.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman says Noah’s presence "is immeasurable and we look forward to him to continue to improve and develop his game."

The American media reported the deal could be worth more than 50 million dollars over five years. Noah will make about 3.1 million dollars this season.

France’s Noah has blossomed into a star for the Bulls, averaging 10.7 points and 11.0 rebounds last season. He recorded the first 20 point and 20 rebound game in Bulls’ playoff history against Cleveland.

The news comes one day after the Bulls learned that Carlos Boozer broke a bone in his right hand in a fall at home and could be out two months.

Noah is coming off a breakout season in which he also battled plantar fasciitis in his left foot that kept him out of 18 games.

If the contract talks had gone longer than October 31, Noah would have become a restricted free agent in 2011.

Chicago begins preseason play Tuesday night.

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