Chicago Bulls: 3 players least deserving of their current contract

Luke Kornet, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
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Cristiano Felicio, Chicago Bulls
Cristiano Felicio, Chicago Bulls (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

1. Cristiano Felicio, Power Forward/Center

By a good margin, the most undeserving contract that the Bulls have on the books at the moment belongs to the 6-foot-10 and 270 pound towering Brazilian power forward/center Cristiano Felicio. During the 2017 offseason, the Bulls signed Felicio down to a contract that he didn’t earn really in the slightest.

Felicio received a four-year contract deal worth $32 million in base salary in July 2017. The contract itself is heavy on salary in the middle, but he’ll only have one year left on it entering this offseason. He’ll be making less than $8 million once again starting during the 2020-21 regular season. But he’s not likely to even get an NBA contract once this deal is up.

If the Bulls decide to stretch and waive Felicio at any point soon, or they manage to dump his salary off somewhere, it will come at a pretty large cost given his value. There are much better ways for the Bulls to utilize this roster spot (as remains true with Kornet), but the cost to get rid of him early might not be worth the reward.

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Felicio played in 22 games (starting in none of them) in the season that was for the Bulls. He averaged 3.9 points per game, 4.6 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.5 steals, and just 0.1 blocks. And Felicio shot 63.0 percent from the field and 78.3 percent from the free-throw line. That amounted to a 63.0 effective field goal percentage and a 67.1 true shooting percentage.