File this one under the "why'd they wait this long" category.
July 30, 2009 - The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived forward Linton Johnson III and guard DeMarcus Nelson.
(6-8, 205), signed a 10-day contact with Chicago on Mar. 11, 2009 and
was re-signed to a second 10-day contract on Mar. 20, 2009. Johnson was
then signed for the remainder of the season on Apr. 7, 2009. In his
second stint with the Bulls, Johnson appeared in eight games and
averaged 1.1 ppg and 1.0 rpg in 5.0 mpg.
Nelson (6-4, 200), was
acquired by the Bulls as a free agent on Apr. 4, 2009. As a Bull,
Nelson posted one DNP-CD and appeared on the inactive list twice.
I feel obligated to make a note of this since it's an official roster chance, but there was no chance in hell either guy was making the team once July 23rd passed and Aaron Gray was guaranteed his qualifying offer.
Quite frankly, there was no chance before that, since there are probably multiple vet minimum guys we'd have taken ahead of them anyway. Good luck to both of them pursuing their career in Europe.