Chicago Bulls: Promising wing Max Strus out for season with torn ACL

Another setback for the wing depth within the Chicago Bulls organization surfaced on Dec. 23, with the announcement that Max Strus is out for the season.

If the Chicago Bulls were not thin enough on the wing looking all the way down to the two players they have signed to two-way contracts, matters just got much worse. The Bulls found out on Dec. 23 that the 6-foot-6 shooting guard/small forward Max Strus tore his ACL and would be out for the season. He injured himself in a game playing for the G-League affiliate Windy City Bulls.

Strus was a player that head coach Jim Boylen and the Bulls did keep at the end of the bench on the NBA 15-man roster at times. And with how thin the Bulls are at the three right now, having Strus and fellow two-way contracted wing Adam Mokoka in the mix was important. They were surety blankets if nothing else.

In just two games played with the NBA Bulls this season, Strus averaged 2.5 points per game, 0.5 rebounds, and no assists. He only played in six minutes with the Bulls total this season, which amounted to just three field goal attempts and one offensive rebound.

The news that dropped on Strus being out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL came from a team press release on NBA.com. Here’s what that team press release had to say on the injury situation surrounding Strus.

Chicago Bulls guard/forward Max Strus sustained a torn ACL and bone bruise to his left knee on Dec. 21 in the Windy City Bulls game against the Lakeland Magic at the G League Winter Showcase. The diagnosis was confirmed today by an MRI and a physical exam. Strus will undergo surgery in approximately three weeks after his swelling and discomfort resolves, and he is expected to be out for eight-to-12 months.

The Bulls signed Strus to a Two-Way contract on Oct. 22. He averaged 2.5 points through two appearances for the Bulls this season. In the G League, Strus averaged 18.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 13 games for Windy City.

At 23-years-old, the former DePaul wing was showing promise that he could eventually develop into a serviceable two or three in an NBA rotation. He earned a few minutes with the Bulls, but nothing consistent as of yet.

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The Bulls went out on a limb to sign Strus in their final two-way contract slot in the first place, since he was waived by the Boston Celtics prior to the tip off of the regular season. But he worked out well for the Windy City Bulls in the G-League so far. That was at least until this latest injury news surfaced.

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