Bulls to add depth at center, sign Kyrylo Fesenko


He’s no Omer Asik, but he will have to do.

The Bulls reportedly are about to add depth at center with the signing veteran Kyrylo Fesenko to a one-year, none guaranteed deal, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. The decision to sign him came after working him out on Monday.

While this is a non-guaranteed deal and the Bulls may well cut him before the season starts, they have been looking for a veteran big they could bring in to camp but then will have to release due to the hard salary cap they bump up against. Technically they could re-sign Fesenko in November to avoid cap issues, but to officially tell Fesenko they plan to do that is not permitted. Watch it happen anyway with a nod and a wink, but it’s not to be that obvious.

Fesenko played most of his career with Utah but had a cup of coffee — three games and 17 total minutes — with the Pacers last season. He’s a big body — 7’1” and nearly 300 pounds — but he has not been an efficient scorer or rebounder. He’s fine as a third big man at the end of the bench, just don’t expect much more.

He can fill a role with the Bulls. But Chicago is going to miss Asik this season.