Bulls Rookie Justin Lewis Suffers Serious Injury: Report


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The Chicago Bulls signed undrafted rookie free agent forward Justin Lewis to a two-way contract just ahead of the start of the summer league. Unfortunately, Lewis has suffered what NBC Sports’ KC Johnson called “A potentially serious knee injury,” and that the Bulls fear could be a torn ACL.

According to Johnson, Lewis’ injury was suffered in an offseason workout the 20-year-old out of Marquette was doing on his own. Until official word comes through on Lewis’ injury, we won’t no the timetable for his return or recovery, but typically, a torn ACL would almost certainly keep him out for the upcoming NBA season.

Given his lack of experience, a return late in the upcoming regular season or in the postseason probably isn’t going to happen if he has torn his ACL. Lewis would need to get the required reps and experience before he could be expected to help the Bulls.

While Lewis might have been able to supply some backup minutes behind Patrick Williams in a best-case scenario before the injury, his most likely assignment would have been with the Windy City Bulls to begin the season. If he proves to have suffered a serious knee injury, his plans will be drastically changed.

It seems likely the Bulls will continue to keep Lewis as at least a small part of their future plans, but any idea of him ultimately joining the rotation during the 2022-23 season is gone.