UcanUwill wrote:Few years ago I said I had no clue how Felicio got in the league in the first place, let alone how he got that extension, and some Bulls fan responded to me saying how promising he was. I can not believe he got that contract, that is IMO the most incompetent move from NBA exec I have ever seen. I mean there were worse deals, but none of it had less upside than paying Felicio that money, he was so obviously not NBA material and not even close to it.
This is the only way I can wrap my mind around his deal...
They basically gave Felicio retirement wealth so that he becomes something of a de-facto (or possibly even an employed) scout for the Bulls in Brazil. Brazil is a huge, untapped, source of athletic players. Much like Africa. There's a lot of really raw talent there from a sports crazed nation. If you have a guy like Felicio who may well become a part of Brazillian basketball - he's going to be able to see a lot of players and be able to relay to the Bulls anyone who looks to have real ability. The reward for unearthing a giannis-like talent is far greater than the $32 mil (or whatever it was) that you paid Felicio. In an absolute sense, that money was going to be paid out to another player\players anyway of the same span.
Again - I can't think of any other even semi-rational reason as to why the Bulls gave him that contract minutes after the Free Agent period started.