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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 7:14 pm

Mad Ants reacquire Lemon's rights

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

It seemed Walt Lemon Jr. was destined to rejoin the Mad Ants when he signed with the NBA's Indiana Pacers last week.

But there was an obstacle: his G League rights were owned by the Windy City Bulls.

That was rectified today.

The Mad Ants acquired Lemon's rights from the Bulls for a first-round pick in this year's G League draft and in the 2020 draft. The Mad Ants also received a 2020 second-round pick.

Lemon, 27, played for the Mad Ants in 2015-16 and 2017-18, averaging 22.4 points, 6.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds that second season when he was Third Team All-League. He parlayed that into time with the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans.

Last season, he began with the Boston Celtics organization and wound up with the Chicago Bulls, with whom he played six games and averaged 14.3 points, 5 assists and 4.5 rebounds.

He played 43 G League games last season with Maine and Windy City, averaging 20.9 points, 8.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds.

After Lemon had been released by the Celtics last season, the Mad Ants had interest in bringing him back but needed to maintain enough playing time for Pacers prospects such as Edmond Sumner and the rest of the guards corps. So Fort Wayne dealt Lemon's rights Dec. 7 to Windy City for a first-round pick and Alex Hamilton.

The Mad Ants Open training camp Oct. 28.

jcohn@jg.net