It’s officially official: Thaddeus Young is a Chicago Bull.
In fact, it is so official, Mrs. Young tweeted an image of her husband signing his contract:
— Shekinah Young (@Mrs___Young21) July 6, 2019
The Bulls announced the signing of the free agent forward in a press release on Saturday. Earlier, we discussed the signing as it represented the Bulls’ first offseason splash move, as well as Young’s career and fit with this team moving forward. Young is a nice player to have on a team that was seeking experience, skill, depth, and an edge up front. All those boxes were checked with the Young signing, which should help Chicago’s young front court develop without carrying too heavy of a burden. All things considered, the fit ain’t half bad!
After announcing the signing, the Bulls shared a nifty highlight package that has me excited about the team adding a big man who has shown skill and durability throughout his NBA career. Check it out:
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) July 6, 2019
In order to make way for Young, the Bulls also announced they have waived guards Shaq Harrison and Walt Lemon Jr., who were both on the team with non-guaranteed contracts.
Harrison picked up a decent amount of playing time last season, getting into 73 games and averaging 19.6 minutes per contest. The Tulsa product made the most of the action, averaging 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.2 steals. Harrison’s shooting wasn’t much to write home about (43.2 percent from the field, 27.0 percent from the 3-point line, 66.7 percent from the free-throw stripe), but he chipped in by chewing up some minutes now and again.
Lemon, a 26-year-old Chicago native, made his Bulls debut in late March after shredding through the G-League during his time as a member of the Windy City Bulls. After signing with the Bulls on March 19, Lemon averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.8 steals in six games. In a year that ended with the Bulls drafting in the lottery, Lemon’s brief stint with the time provided a fun storyline of a local product playing well for his hometown team.