Bulls Announce Roster, Keep Arcidiacono As 15th Man

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Bulls Announce Roster, Keep Arcidiacono As 15th Man

October 13, 2018 - 2:56 pm

By Cody Westerlund

(670 The Score) -- In the only suspense regarding their roster construction entering the new season, the Bulls kept point guard Ryan Arcidiacono as their 15th man while making four other roster cuts Saturday.

Chicago waived guard Antonius Cleveland, guard Derrick Walton Jr., forward Kaiser Gates and forward JaKarr Sampson, trimming their roster to the limit ahead of its regular-season opener at Philadelphia on Thursday. In addition to their 15 players on standard contracts, the Bulls have guard Rawle Alkins on a two-way contract. 

Arcidiacono is third on the team's depth chart at point guard. He worked on a two-way contract last season, spending the majority of his time with Windy City in the G League and appearing in 24 games for the Bulls, averaging 2.0 points and 1.5 assists in 12.7 minutes. 

Arcidiacono's contract carried a $50,000 guarantee when he was signed in the summer, and his deal won't become fully guaranteed until Jan. 10. The Bulls still have one two-way contract available, so they could use that on Arcidiacono at a later date. The Bulls have sometimes chosen not to carry a full 15-man roster in years past for financial and flexibility reasons.

The Bulls concluded the preseason at 2-3 after a 98-93 loss to the Nuggets on Friday night at the United Center. Unless the course is changed, signs point to rookie Wendell Carter Jr., Bobby Portis, Justin Holiday, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn starting next Thursday.