Second deal in a month for teams

Updated: December 17, 2003, 10:15 AM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls reacquired point guard Rick Brunson from the Toronto Raptors for guard Roger Mason Jr. in a trade finally made official Tuesday.

Brunson is averaging 1.3 points in three games this season and 2.5 points for his seven-year career. Since going undrafted in 1997, the 6-foot-4 guard has been with five teams, including the Bulls during the 2002-03 season.

The 6-5 Mason, drafted in 2002 by the Bulls in the second round, has appeared in 20 games in two seasons, averaging 1.7 points. He has been on the injured list with a strained left groin since early November.

The Bulls initially said Monday they had made a trade that required only the players passing physicals. Chicago then said the trade had not yet been granted league approval.

It is the second trade between the teams in less than a month. Earlier, the Raptors and Bulls made a six-player deal that sent Jalen Rose to Toronto for Antonio Davis.


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