The Chicago Bulls made Antonio Blakeney an official member of their roster with a 2-year deal. Why was this such a great decision?
This offseason has been an interesting one for the Chicago Bulls, to say the least. The Bulls started free agency completely silent, but then one domino effect seemed to get the ball rolling. When Zach LaVine was brought back on a 4-year deal, the Bulls then began clearing space for another move.
Chicago let David Nwaba walk and traded Jerian Grant to the Orlando Magic in a three-team deal, giving them a bit more room to go after former Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker. The Bulls brought Parker home, and then proceeded to shift their attention to another player they see as part of their immediate future.
21-year-old shooting guard Antonio Blakeney has given the Bulls something to think about over the last year or so. After standing out at the 2017 Summer League, the Bulls rewarded him with a two-way contract. Blakeney then went on to win the MVP of the G-League last season.
He was the best player in the G-League a year ago, and it wasn’t even close. Blakeney averaged a whopping 32 points per game with the Windy City Bulls — scoring 40-plus points in 19 of his 32 games. Blakeney also posted 6.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
So, why is signing Blakeney to a two-year, minimum deal such a positive for the Bulls? Let’s take a look at three key reasons.