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NBA Free Agency 2017: Cristiano Felicio signs four-year, $32 million deal to return to Bulls

Chicago locks up Felicio for a few years.

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The Bulls re-signed big man Cristiano Felicio, inking him to a four-year deal worth $32 million, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. The extension was one of the first moves after the clock struck 12:00 a.m. to start 2017-18 free agency.

Felicio averaged just under five points and five rebounds in 16 minutes per game last season.

The move to re-sign the 24-year-old Brazilian bruiser comes after Chicago shipped All-Star Jimmy Butler to Minnesota for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the draft pick that became rookie stretch-4 Lauri Markkanen.

Felicio just finished his second year in the NBA and hasn’t put himself on an All-Star trajectory, but the 6’9 big man is a hustle and effort player who does the dirty work. And as the salary cap increases, he is on a manageable salary that averages about $8 million a year.

The Bulls also declined the team option on veteran point guard Rajon Rondo on Friday, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer.