The math was pretty straightforward from a math perspective: Chicago had 16 guaranteed contracts lined up but can only have 15 players on the roster once the season starts. Someone had to go.
Antonio Blakeney, at a guard spot the Bulls feel they have depth and with a minimum contract, was always the likely guy not to have a chair when the music stopped. The Bulls decided to make a move early to give Blakeney time to find a new home. Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the news.
What that means is Shaquille Harrison is on the roster.
Blakeney went undrafted out of LSU but got a spot on the Bulls 2017 Summer League team and played his way into a two-way contract. After that, the Bulls gave him a two-year contract at the minimum and he played in 57 games last season for Chicago, but did not look to be part of the future.
There’s a good chance another team looking for guard depth, or facing an injury early in training camp or the season, will give Blakeney a look.