Blakeney agreed to a contract Monday with the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association, Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.com reports.
The 22-year-old will take his talents overseas after appearing in 76 games for the Bulls over the past two seasons before he was cut by the team earlier this month. With Blakeney unable to secure a contract with meaningful guaranteed money from another NBA team before training camps open, he'll look to impress in China and potentially resurface in North America next spring when the CBA season wraps up.
Blakeney and the Bulls agreed to part ways on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Blakeney has thrived in the G-League during his time in the league, but was never able to find that same success when given a chance on the Bulls' roster. A streaky scorer, he will need to work on his efficiency in order to find another opportunity.
Blakeney will come off the bench for Saturday's game against the Raptors, Mike McGraw of the Chicago Daily Herald dreprots.
Blakeney will be replaced in the starting lineup by Ryan Arcidiacono. Blakeney's averaging 7.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game this season.
Blakeney will start Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Blakeney will make his third start in four games for the injury-decimated Bulls. Across the past three games, he's averaging 7.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.7 minutes.
Blakeney had 11 points (5-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 112-103 loss to the Raptors.
Blakeney finished with more field goal attempts than points. Still, he filled up the stat sheet, and with the Bulls beaten up by injuries, he may remain a pretty appealing option in leagues that primarily value counting stats across the final seven games of 2018-19.
Blakeney will come off the bench Tuesday against the Raptors.
Coach Jim Boylen will give Wayne Selden the opportunity at shooting guard Tuesday. Considering the long injury report for the Bulls, however, Blakeney could still see 20-plus minutes.
Blakeney will start Wednesday's game against Washington.
In a turn of events, Blakeney will get the start in place of Zach LaVine, who was a late scratch with a thigh injury. In 50 games this year, Blakeney's averaged 7.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 13.5 minutes.
Blakeney contributed 17 points (8-13 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two rebounds, and one assist in 20 minutes during Sunday's 123-118 loss to the Hawks.
Blakeney hadn't appeared in four of the last five games, and this was the first time since Jan. 11 that he reached double figures in scoring. The 22-year-old guard remains a microwave scoring option off the bench, but one that the Bulls rarely turn to on a consistent basis.
Blakeney was assigned to the G League on Saturday.
Blakeney has seen spot run for the Bulls over the past month, and the organization will opt to get him some more minutes by sending him to the G League.
The Bulls recalled Blakeney from the G League's Windy City Bulls on Wednesday.
Blakeney should be available off the bench for Chicago in Wednesday's game against the Pelicans after a one-day stint in the G League. He suited up Tuesday in Windy City's 121-109 win over the Capital City Go-Go, playing 35 minutes and finishing with 23 points (10-19 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-3 FT), seven rebounds, five assists and one steal.
Blakeney was assigned to the Windy City Bulls of the G League on Tuesday.
Blakeney has, for the most part, been out of the Bulls' rotation since mid-January, so a trip to the G League should give the second-year player ample opportunity to see extended minutes on the court.
Blakeney scored two points (1-1 FG) in three minutes during Wednesday's 121-101 loss to the Hawks.
Blakeney has earned just three minutes in consecutive contests, this after being a healthy scratch during last Saturday's loss to the Heat. Since scoring in double figures in four of the first five games in January and earning double-digit minutes in all five of those tilts, Blakeney has appeared in just three of the last six matchups while combining to play only 15 minutes.
Blakeney offered 12 points (4-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and one assist across 13 minutes in the Bulls' 146-109 loss to the Warriors on Friday.
The LSU product continued to churn out solid production in a limited role, with Friday's scoring tally his fourth of the double-digit variety in the first five games of 2019. The second-year wing has impressive drained nine of his 17 attempts over the last pair of contests, and he's shooting 46.3 percent overall, including 42.9 percent from distance, thus far in January. While Zach LaVine will naturally continue gobbling up the majority of minutes at two-guard, Blakeney should enjoy a consistent role in the rotation as long as his current production persists.
Blakeney was recalled from the G League on Monday.
Blakeney spent the day with the Windy City Bulls but will return to the NBA club in advance of the night's matchup with Sacramento. Blakeney saw 18 minutes of action in Saturday's blowout loss to Boston, but he was a DNP-CD in three of the previous five contests.
Blakeney was assigned to the G League on Monday.
Blakeney wasn't seeing consistent minutes for the Bulls -- appearing in just four of the last seven games -- so he'll head to the G League to continue his development.
Blakeney had 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt), and one rebound in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 124-116 victory over the Suns.
Blakeney finished with double-digit scoring for the third consecutive game, totaling 14 points in 24 minutes. Across that same stretch, however, he has recorded a combined six rebounds and two assists. He is purely a scorer and despite the consistent points totals, needs to be left alone in all standard formats.
Blakeney posted 13 points (6-19 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds and an assist across 33 minutes in Saturday's 122-83 loss to the Raptors.
The Bulls couldn't get anything going against the Raptors, but it wasn't a big surprise to see Blakeney do well with Zach LaVine (illness) out. Blakeney actually has the second-highest usage on the team next to LaVine, which is especially intriguing when you consider that he isn't an everyday starter. Blakeney is worth a look if you have a pressing need at the guard position.
Blakeney produced 17 points (6-13 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), two steals, one rebounds, and one bock in 20 minutes during Monday's 116-115 victory over New York.
Blakeney continues to provide some nice energy off the bench for the Bulls, scoring 17 points in just 20 minutes Monday. The three defensive stats were a nice bonus but Blakeney is really more of a one-dimensional fantasy player and should only be on a standard league roster as a means of streaming points.
Blakeney contributed 22 points (9-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and three rebounds in 26 minutes during Friday's 107-105 loss to the Pacers.
Blakeney turned in a career high scoring total, evening the score at 105-105 after completing a four-point play. The Bulls are much more desperate for defense than scoring. However, Blakeney has combined to score 58 points (21-34 FG, 11-15 3Pt, 5-9 FT) in 61 minutes over the last three games, so he is clearly making the most of the opportunity provided by the injury to Kris Dunn (knee).
Blakeney contributed 15 points (5-9 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 1-3 FT) and three rebounds across 14 minutes in Wednesday's 108-107 loss to the Nuggets.
Make it two consecutive games for Blakeney where he has hit four three-point shots, as his sharpshooter role continues to expand. On a Bulls roster that is looking for production anywhere they can get it, Blakeney should continue to carve out more minutes with his efficient shooting.
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