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Wow I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but it seems like GarPax are actually being pretty competent with this rebuild. They made great decisions on their draft picks, selecting Wendall Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison. They cut players that really had no value to them team, like Paul Zipser. They made sure to retain Zach Lavine, and took a chance on Jabari Parker on a no risk, high reward contract.

Adding to these moves, Antonio Blakeney was officially signed to a two-year minimum contract on Thursday. Blakeney was with the Bulls last season under a two way contract, which only allowed him to be with the team for 45 days. He proved to be a scoring punch off the bench averaging 7.9 points in 16.5 mins over the course of the 19 games he played for the team.

Blakeney spent the rest of his time in the G League, playing for the Windy City Bulls. He won rookie of the year honors as well as leading the G League in scoring with 32 points per game on 46.2% from the field and 35.3% from deep. In seven games Blakeney dropped 40 or more points.

Blakeney’s scoring ability has drawn the eye of one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history. After averaging 21.0 points per game through the five games played for the Bulls Summer League team, Kevin Durant took to Instagram urging somebody to get Blakeney out of the G League and give him an NBA contract.

Blakeney who won’t be limited to just 45 days with team this season, holds a tremendous upside with giving the Bulls instant offense off the bench.

I would hope that he is given the back up point guard role, as Camron Payne is pretty much flat out terrible at all things basketball. Though GarPax’s continued belief on giving Payne a chance, could leave Blakeney fighting for minutes at the shooting guard spot.

Being able to play either guard spot should help his quest for playing time, and his ability to get buckets should help the Bulls on the continued road of the rebuild.

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