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Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig are looking to carve out spots on NBA rosters this season. 

Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig are looking to carve out spots on NBA rosters this season. 

Koenig signs with Bulls, Hayes opens training camp with Knicks

Former Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig signed a training camp contract with the Chicago Bulls Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.

After going undrafted in June’s NBA draft, Koenig signed a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. But after an unimpressive summer league stint, in which Koenig averaged 5.2 points on 29.4 percent shooting for the field, the Bucks waived Koenig last week giving the former Badger guard the freedom to sign with another team.

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg actually recruited Koenig out of high school when Hoiberg was the head coach of Iowa State.

Koenig would go onto be an All-Big Ten conference player at UW in his last two college seasons, shooting 39 percent from three for his college career. But his NBA career has gotten off to a shaky start.

He is expected to be one of a half dozen players competing for the Bulls’ last two remaining roster spots.

Former Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes also faces an uphill battle to make an NBA roster.

Hayes, like Koenig, went undrafted in the most recent NBA draft, but was invited shortly after to compete on the New York Knicks’ summer league team. Hayes averaged 5.2 points and five rebounds, shooting 41.4 percent from the field in five appearances this summer.

Hayes, though, impressed the Knicks enough to sign a partially guaranteed deal with New York. The Knicks clearly liked Hayes’ performance in NBA summer enough to keep him around for training camp, but it is unclear if he will make on the Knicks’ final roster spot

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