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.