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.