Bulls Release Guard Antonio Blakeney

SEPTEMBER 9, 4:50pm: The Bulls have officially released Blakeney, according to a team press release. He gave up $100K in the buyout agreement, tweets ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

SEPTEMBER 7, 11:32am: The Bulls are set to release guard Antonio Blakeney, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). According to Charania (via Twitter), the two sides reached an agreement on a buyout.

After Chicago re-signed Shaquille Harrison earlier this offseason, there was an expectation that Blakeney would be released, notes K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune (Twitter link). Unlike Blakeney, Harrison doesn’t yet have a fully guaranteed contract, but it sounds like he’s being penciled in as the team’s 15th man.

Blakeney, 22, has suited up for the Bulls the past two seasons. In a career high 57 games last season, the New York native averaged 7.3 PPG while shooting nearly 40% from beyond the arc.

By cutting the LSU product, the Bulls have brought the total of fully guaranteed contracts on the roster to 14, with Harrison and his partial guarantee also in the mix.

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14 thoughts on “Bulls Release Guard Antonio Blakeney

  1. spinach

    Another post I read on here a few hours ago I’m pretty sure said he will be the backup and that some other guys will be behind him in depth chart.

    • CubsHope5

      Yeah it was in the central notes article about Hutchinson’s injury- noticed that too

  2. nikumistry

    Blakeney’s 1.59 million salary for 19/20 was guaranteed. Bulls will remain on the hook for the full amount unless someone claims him in waivers. Cannot be stretched as we are past the Aug 31st deadline.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      I saw that too. It’s silly how they say Memphis is balking at giving Iggy his buy out when no one out there is going to make a trade for him and still want to pay him $17M next season.

    • glen coco

      They already got a first rounder to take him on, what more are they asking for the guy? Let Iggy play for a contender his last season.

    • Luke Adams

      Not sure what happened there — must have been an erroneous click on the “allow comments” option. They’re open now.

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