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Mad Ants deal Lemon’s rights

December 7, 2018

The Mad Ants did have interest in bringing back Walt Lemon Jr.

But they were heavy on guards.

So they traded away his rights today to the Windy City Bulls - and the return, they believe, could be substantial.

The Mad Ants will receive Windy City’s first-round pick next year and the rights to guard Alex Hamilton, according to Mad Ants general manager Brian Levy.

With players on select contracts - fresh out of high school - becoming a possibility next season and Windy City being off to a poor start this season, that pick could be a windfall, the Mad Ants hope.

Lemon was waived by the NBA’s Boston Celtics from a two-way contract last week.

“We really value Walt and would have loved to have him back,” Levy said. “But we want to be fair to everybody and think this is the best situation for all. Walt is from Chicago and will get to play a lot there.”

At issue with Fort Wayne was maintaining enough minutes for Edmond Sumner when he’s down from the Indiana Pacers.

The Mad Ants also have Tra-Deon Hollins, Je’lon Hornbeak, Rob Gray and Stephan Hicks among the guards.

″(Coach Steve Gansey) and I would have loved to have brought Walt back but didn’t see a way to do it without compromising his goals and we want to do right by him and by Edmond,” Levy said.

Hamilton is playing in Lithuania.

jcohn@jg.net

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