October 16, 2019 – The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health, the NBA G League affiliate of the Indiana Pacers, announced today they have received the returning player rights to Walt Lemon Jr. and a 2020 second round pick from the Windy City Bulls, in exchange for a 2019 first round pick (10th overall) and a 2020 first round pick.
This trade is not subject to a physical.
2019-20 will be the third season for Lemon Jr. in Fort Wayne, who has appeared in 97 regular season games with the Mad Ants since the 2015-16 season.
Lemon Jr.’s name is cemented in the Mad Ants record book, featured as the eighth leading scorer in franchise history with 1,528 points and fourth in assists with 404.
The Bradley University alumnus began the 2018-19 season under a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics. He started three games with the Chicago Bulls near the conclusion of the season and averaged 14.3 points per game with the Bulls.
The Mad Ants begin the 2019-20 regular season on Friday, Nov. 8 at home against the Lakeland Magic. Tip is set for 7 p.m.
Fans wishing to purchase season tickets or mini plans ahead of the 2019-20 season may call the ticket office at 260-469-4667 for more information.
About the Fort Wayne Mad Ants
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the NBA G League affiliate of the Indiana Pacers, are owned and operated by Pacers Sports & Entertainment. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ftwaynemadants.com or call 260-469-HOOP. Follow the Mad Ants on Twitter (@TheMadAnts), Facebook (/themadants) or Instagram (@fortwaynemadants).
About the NBA G League
The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 28 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2019-20 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Fifty-two percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2018-19 season boasted NBA G League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.