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Bulls finalize regular season roster

Goodbyes are never easy

NBA: Chiacgo Bulls-Media Day Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday afternoon, the Chicago Bulls announced that they have waived four players in preparation for their regular season opener Thursday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Gone from the 20-man training camp-roster are Antonius Cleveland, Derrick Walton Jr., Kaiser Gates, and JaKarr Sampson.

That leaves 15 players and one two-way contract in Arizona product Rawle Alkins. Ryan Arcidiacono, who was on a two-way contract last season, won the final roster spot. He had already signed a (very low) partially guaranteed deal in the offseason.

You probably won’t peruse the list of the guys who the Bulls waived and lose any sleep over it. Sampson has NBA experience and plays a position (small forward) that the Bulls are ridiculously thin at, but picking Arcidiacono indicates they value depth at point guard more.

So the battle there meant the Bulls chose Arcidiacono over Walton. Arcidiacono only played 33 minutes all preseason, but that was still more significant than the less than 10 minutes Walton was allowed. In year’s past, random point guards magically had their careers resurrected in Chicago...but the Bulls may be all out of ThibsDust.

The Bulls do still have a 2-way spot open, so if/when these guys clear waivers they’re eligible to be re-signed that way.