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As injuries pile up, Bulls add G-League guard Walter Lemon to roster

As injuries pile up, Bulls add G-League guard Walter Lemon to roster

The Bulls had nine active players for Wednesday night's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, and now that their G-League affiliate's eason has ended they're calling for reinforcements.

According to Shams Charania, the Bulls will recal point guard Walter Lemon Jr. from the Windy City Bulls, whose season ended on Wednesday with a playoff loss to the Weschester Knicks.

At the very least Lemon, a 6-foot-3 point guard, is a healthy body for the Bulls to use both in practices and games. In Wednesday's loss to the Blazers they were without Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Kris Dunn, Wendell Carter, Chandler Hutchison and Denzel Valentine.

And of those nine healthy players the Bulls had available, Brandon Sampson and Rawle Alkins were the team's designated two-way players who were forced to miss Windy City's playoff loss.

But with the Windy City season over, the Bulls moved quickly to add Lemon to the mix.

This won't mark an NBA debut for Lemon, who played five games for the Pelicans in 2018. Lemon saw 35 minutes of action in those games and tallied 17 points and five assists, including a 7-point, 3-assist night against the Wizards in his final appearance. He lasted the duration of two 10-day contracts with New Orleans before being sent back to Fort Wayne.

Lemon was a star in Hoffman Estates this past season. Including 10 games with Maine before being dealt to Windy City, he averaged 20.9 points and 8.4 assists per game, the latter of which ranked second in the league. He was also sixth in the league in steals per game (1.7) and finished fourth in efficiency at 22.6. He was a major reason why the Bulls were able to turn the season around and earn an unlikely playoff berth.

He was a bright spot on an otherwise ugly Windy City Bulls offense, which ranked 23rd of 27 teams in efficiency this season, and provided elite defense, something he'll bring to Chicago if called upon over the final six games. Check out Michael Walton's scouting report on Lemon here.

Lemon finished his season with the Windy City Bulls by scoring a game-high 29 points and adding 7 rebounds and 7 assists in their 95-82 loss to the Weschester Knicks.

Lakers sign Dwight Howard, ending the Joakim Noah-to-LA-possibility

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Lakers sign Dwight Howard, ending the Joakim Noah-to-LA-possibility

The Los Angeles Lakers were scrambling for another big man in the wake of the DeMarcus Cousins torn ACL and Bulls fan were sent into a collective panic at the idea of lifelong LeBron James (and Cleveland) agitator Joakim Noah joining forces with him in Hollywood. 

Following a series of workouts with Noah and veteran centers Mo Speights and Dwight Howard, the Lakers have settled on Howard as their replacement for Cousins. 

Howard was a member of the Washington Wizards before they traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a deal to acquire wing shooter CJ Miles earlier this offseason. 

Over the 2018-19 season, Howard averaged 12.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 0.4 blocks per game and finished with the second-lowest PER (17.4) of his career. Comparatively, Noah played 42 games in 2018-19, averaging 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.7 blocks per game and posted an 18.6 PER. 

The Lakers deal with Howard is non-guaranteed and the Lakers have all the leverage in the deal as ESPN reported, they will be able to cut Howard before the NBA's January 7 deadline without any financial impact on the team. 

The move reunites Howard with the Lakers, with whom he played 76 games for in the 2012-13 season.

Howard was an All-Star during his first Lakers stint, averaging 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds per game but ultimately had an unsuccessful (in terms of championship aspirations) tenure in the purple and gold.

The Howard-to-Lakers deal makes LA's roster full with 15 players in tow, so this officially ends any possibility of Noah teaming up with LeBron. Bulls fans can rejoice, for now. 

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Our first look at the full NBA 2K20 roster models for the 2019-20 Bulls

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Our first look at the full NBA 2K20 roster models for the 2019-20 Bulls

The release date of NBA 2K20 is near and as the September 6 release date gets closer, Bulls fans are finally getting a look at the full roster in video game form. 

Among the things that stand out in the video from Sports & Gaming Journalist Brian Mazique, the things that stood out the most was the new Zenni patch on the Bulls uniforms, which now has a light blue background to make the patch stand out a bit more. 

We had already seen how 2019 rookies Coby White and Daniel Gafford look but Thursday represented our first look at players like new Bulls Thaddeus Young, Tomas Satoransky and the longest-tenured Bull, Brazilian big man Cristiano Felicio.

Young currently sports a short-haircut after having more an afro in the 2019 season, so only time will tell if 2K will update his look before the season kicks off on October 22. 

Also fully visible in the video are the overall 2K ratings of all players on the team including Satoransky (75), Young (79), Wendell Carter Jr. (78), Otto Porter (80), Lauri Markkanen (83) and Zach LaVine (85).

Based off of what we see in the video, NBA fans can expect to see the Bulls simulate pretty well in NBA 2K20 as the roster's veteran talent will provide some balance as the young core develops, much like what the Bulls front office is hoping for in real life. 

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