Chicago Bulls: Re-evaluating 5 players likely to be traded first in offseason

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4. Cristiano Felicio, Power Forward/Center

Dealing out a player like Sato this coming offseason would make sense since the Bulls could get something for him while he is still a valuable commodity, given his flexible value contract. But if Karnisovas and Eversley were to deal out a player like the 6-foot-10 and 270 pound Brazilian big man Cristiano Felicio, it would be to get him off the books and finally free up roster space.

GarPax gave Felicio a way too generous four-year contract back in 2017, worth around $32 million total. His body of work was still largely unproven at that point, and he had yet to show any real value as a versatile big man off the bench. At the time, he didn’t look to be a great fit off the bench for the system ran by former head coach Fred Hoiberg.

We would soon learn over time that Felicio wasn’t a great fit with any NBA team, because he is likely a G-League-caliber player at best.

For one more season, Felicio will still remain on the Bulls cap sheet at a cost of around $8 million. That is unless the new-look front office decides to dish him out to another team willing to take on his money, or they buy him out and put him on the waiver wire, before the 2021 offseason arrives.

In 22 games played under current head coach Jim Boylen in the season that is currently placed on pause, Felicio averaged 3.9 points per game, 4.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, and just 0.1 blocks, while shooting 63.0 percent from the field. How a center/power forward as lengthy and sizable as Felicio could average just 0.1 blocks per game is beyond me.