Chicago Bulls: 3 Players who will be gone by next season

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Chicago Bulls, Cristiano Felicio
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Cristiano Felicio, currently the longest-tenured Chicago Bull, is more than likely gone.

Felicio, an absolute unit in the paint standing at 6-foot-11 and weighing 270 pounds, was a fan favorite for his brute strength and laughable coordination. The fact that he stuck around for so long makes perfect sense.

In his six years with the Bulls, he has averaged 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Gar Forman and John Paxson enjoyed his presence four years ago, signing him to a deal worth $32 million over that period.

This season, he has played in a combined 14 games total. In those 14 games, Felicio has scored just 14 points total off of seven shots from the field. Felicio is a name the Bulls need to get off the books. His contract is eating away at the cap space the Bulls want to have in bulk this offseason. Because Felicio is a third-rotation big man getting paid $8 million per year, it’s time for him to depart.

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The Bulls will be looking to make a splash in free agency this summer. First on the list is Lonzo Ball, who the Bulls were rumored to be shopping Markkanen before the trade deadline. Also, LaVine will most likely be looking to get paid, only earning around $20 million per year at the moment.