Last Thursday, the Milwaukee Bucks announced via a press release that they waived Bronson Koenig, who was with the organization since July after signing a two-way deal. Following that decision, I wrote an extensive piece about how the Bucks messed up on their utilization of the newly minted two-way deals, as they just doled them out before they really knew what kind of players would sign those type of deals.
Within the article, I also mentioned that there was a chance that the Bucks would’ve brought Koenig back later in training camp so he still play in the G League with the Wisconsin Herd.
However, that’s not going to be the case as the Badgers alum will be spending NBA training camp in Wisconsin neighbor to the south, Illinois. That news came on Wednesday afternoon when ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported that the Chicago Bulls signed Koenig to a training camp deal. This contract contains an exhibit 9 exemption which would allow the Bulls to waive Koenig with minimal financial commitment if he were to get injured before preseason concludes.
While technically having a chance at making the Bulls opening day roster, it will be a tough uphill climb for Koenig. That’s due to him having to compete against the likes of David Nwaba, Diamond Stone, Jaylen Johnson and Jarell Eddie for the team’s remaining two roster spots. Alongside that, Koenig would be unable to sign a two-way deal as Ryan Arcidiacono and Antonio Blakeney currently occupy their two-way slots.
This situation means that Koenig will likely be heading to Hoffman Heights, Illinois after the end of preseason to play with the Windy City Bulls. Despite that being a slight demotion from what he expected during the summer, it would still be a good opportunity for Koenig to shine.
As we mentioned in an “Undrafted Treasures” feature from mid-July, his style of play actually might fit the G League better than college hoops. That’s due to him being a quick guard with smooth handles that also has range that spreads from beyond the NBA 3-point line. If he can confidently utilize those skills on a G League level to put up decent numbers, there’s an outside chance that might be a potential candidate to receive a 10-day.