The Chicago Bulls announced Tuesday morning that they have waived guard Kay Felder.
Felder, who was claimed by the Bulls in mid October, has been out of the Bulls rotation for quite some time. The second year player saw meaningful minutes in the beginning of the year due to Kris Dunn being out with a dislocated finger. But since November 11th, Felder has only seen 19 minutes, all coming in garbage time.
I liked the Felder signing. A change of pace guard that could make an impact with the second unit. Ultimately, the Bulls value Jerian Grant and want him with the second unit. Even when Grant struggles to score, his assist numbers is what keeps him in the rotation.
The release of Felder opens up a roster spot. The Bulls do have two two-way contract players in Antonio Blakeney and Ryan Arcidiacono. The two-way deal limits a player to 45 days with their NBA team. Blakeney has seen time with the Bulls this season and his impressive G-league stats with the Windy City Bulls calls for a promotion.
Blakeney, rookie out of LSU, averages 37.9 point per game, good for first in the G-league. In the NBA, Blakeney’s biggest game came in LA versus the Lakers where he scored 13 points in seven minutes including a dunk over Julius Randles’ attempted block.
It is very likely the Bulls sign Blakeney to a NBA contract. With rebuilding comes giving young guys a chance to prove themselves. Blakeney has proven he can be a scorer and an explosive player. The Bulls should really give him a shot to consistently play every night to see if he is worth keeping around.
The Bulls host the Magic on Wednesday at the United Center as they go for seven straight wins.