Bulls rumours: Rookie Justin Lewis could miss contract

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Justin Lewis #10 dribbles the ball.

The Chicago Bulls completed another phase of their potential future attempts to recruit Giannis Antetokounmpo by signing his brother Kostas Antetokounmpo for a training camp on September 18, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Charania reported that Antetokounmpo will be fighting for one of their two-way contract spots.

This caused some confusion as the Bulls just signed a similar deal with Malcolm Hill on September 7, believed to be their second such deal.

They also still had rookie Justin Lewis in such a pact, which would mean three two-way contracts, one over limit. However, a Bulls insider provided additional context for the move, which could reveal Lewis’ status as he fights back from a cruciate ligament rupture he sustained during independent practice.

Justin Lewis squad spot secure?

Lewis tore his cruciate ligament on August 6th. On August 31, from his hospital bed after surgery, he sent a message to his supporters via Instagram. With Lewis sidelined for the year, there was already some speculation that the Bulls would ditch him, opting to use the spot on a healthy player.

But NBC Sports Chicago’s KC Johnson reports that Antetokounmpo will be competing for a two-way contract with three players.

That Hill was listed for the “other” two-way slot, rather than Lewis, in this contest seems to indicate the team remains high enough on the 21-year-old not to expose him to another team by targeting him even with an injury designation waived, but that could come later.

Lewis was not considered ready for a major role, but was considered one of the top non-draft prospects after a prolific second season with Marquette.

He also flashed in the summer league game before suffering the injury.

Interesting 2-way fight

The three players competing for the final two-way slot are very different and all could add value to the team. But considering the Bulls’ roster composition, there’s a clear direction they might want to lean towards.

Carlik Jones fits the mold of a true point guard. But he’s a sophomore with just five games of NBA experience under his belt.

Hill, a winger, shot 36.1% from beyond the arc as a rookie last season but only 32% with the Bulls.

But Antetokounmpo was able to offer much of what they were hoping for from Lewis as a rookie. And he already has a fan in Bulls vice president of basketball operations Arutras Karnisovas, who saw him play Greece in a FIBA ​​qualifier.

The Bulls also hired Nikolaos Pappas, who worked as a sporting director for the Greece men’s national team, as an international scout.

All of this and his brother seem to indicate that Antetokounmpo is her preference.

Bull’s reserve length

An interesting note of Karnisovas’ tenure is his growing collection of forwards with 7ft wingspans. Antetokounmpo joins Lewis (when healthy), rookie Dalen Terry and third-year Patrick Williams in this group.

This is currently the thinnest part of the squad.

If Antetokounmpo – who won a championship in 2020 with Bulls guard Alex Caruso and the Los Angeles Lakers – impresses, he could turn it into a strength.

There’s also the potential added bonus of having a bug in Giannis’ ear, even if the cops landing it are as long as possible. You need to look at everything as Karnisovas said during his exit interview, and it appears they are.

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