While scouring the internet this week, I came across List of HoopsHype Which includes a large number of NBA players who have just signed contracts abroad. The sheer number of well-known names amazed me, especially when we consider how many players played for the Chicago Bulls not so long ago.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share as we ended up with quite a few familiar faces this summer, as well as providing a sneak peek into the Bulls’ career.
The years with the bulls: 2019-2021
Go back to the BN Bulls archive, and you’ll see how high I’ve been at Tomas Satoransky.
A skilled passer with a strong spot-size and sneaky athleticism, the Bulls signed Satoransky away from the Washington Wizards ahead of the 2019-20 season. Although it may not have seemed like a long-term answer at the starting point, it certainly seemed like a role player worth investing in.
Unfortunately, good memories of Satoransky are rare. He had a number of fun jams and clever assists, but his disappointing shooting strokes made it hard for the new front desk to justify keeping him on board. He ended up part-signing and trading the Lonzo Ball in the latest season and went on to play for three different (!) teams in 2021-22. With that in mind, it wasn’t a huge surprise that he chose to take a huge bag from FC Barcelona and fly back to Europe.
Wishing for Sato nothing but the best!
The years with the bulls: 2015-2021
Team: Fundacion CB Granada – Spain
The tallest bull on this list, Cristiano Felicio is a name many in Chicago wish they could forget but never would. Felicio appeared in 252 career games, averaging 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds despite earning nearly $32 million from the GarPax system.
After his contract expired in the last season, Felicio failed to find a new home in the NBA and ended up playing for Ratiofarm Ulm in Germany. This season, however, he will fit in with Fundacion CB Granada in Spain.
Years with the Bulls: 2022
Team: Guangzhou Long Lions (China)
Bell may not have been in Chicago for long, but his name is definitely familiar to Bulls fans. Originally selected by the franchise with the 38th pick in the 2017 draft, it was immediately traded to the Golden State Warriors (where it won an episode) for cash considerations.
Things eventually came full circle earlier this year, when the Bulls signed Bale to a 10-day contract. While he’s only appeared in one match, he’s at least been in town for a knockout hit in DeMar DeRozan’s history! Who knows if we’d get the match ball without him!?
Years w/ Bulls: 2014-16
Team: Adelaide 36ers
Drafted with the 49th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft after four seasons at the University of New Mexico, Cameron Bairstow spent only two seasons in the NBA — both of which came in Chicago.
He appeared in only 36 matches before leaving for his native Australia. From there, he jumped around the National Basketball Association, most recently signing with the Adelaide 36ers. He’s averaged 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds on 47.5 percent of shots during his NFL career so far.
Years with bulls: 0
Team: Chollet Basket
Justin Button wasn’t technically a fit for the Chicago Bulls, but feels like a worthwhile addition considering the franchise picked him up with the 16th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He was a big guy from Creighton, and he was instantly part of Jimmy Butler’s blockbuster trade that helped Get in on the Bulls Zach LaVine.
Button played four seasons in the NBA for four different teams. He recently signed with Cholet Basket of France for what will be his second season of playing abroad.
The years with the bulls: 2016-18
Team: Turk Telekom
One of the most popular names on this list is Jerian Grant (brother of Jerami Grant from Portland). Playing in Chicago from 2016-18 after coming on the Derrick Rose trade, Grant was fit for 137 games total and averaged 19.8 minutes per night.
He first appeared on Bulls fans’ radar when he helped win the Summer League Championship alongside first-round draftee, Denzel Valentine. Then, after some solid play with the Windy City Bulls, he was finally able to secure a league role for the Bulls associated with the playoffs.
However, after the Bulls tank ensued the following season, Grant found himself trading with the Orlando Magic. He played 60 matches with Nikola Vucevic and Co. before making a brief spell with the Wizards in 2019-20. Only playing abroad came next, with his latest hiatus in Turkey with Turk Telekom.
Years w/ Bulls: 2018-19
Team: Scaligera Verona
With the Bulls during their memorable 2018-19 season, Selden was acquired from Memphis as part of the Justin Holiday trade. He appeared in a surprising 43 games for Chicago that season, starting with 13.
After his days with the Bulls, Selden joined the J-Leakers branch before ending up in Israel. He did well that season and ended up leading his team to the European Basketball Championship, where he won the Final Four titles as the best player. His overseas trip continued after that, with stops in Turkey and now Italy.
The years with the bulls: 2016-17
Team: Asvel Villarban
Joffrey Lauvergne spent one season in Chicago where he appeared in 20 games along with the three Alphas (What would I give to hear those stories).
The 6-foot-11 big man played another season in the league with the San Antonio Spurs before leaving for Europe. Now, after two seasons in Lithuania, Louverni is heading to France’s Asvel Villeurbanne, which also happens to be owned by San Antonio Spurs player Tony Parker.
The years with the bulls: 2016-17
Team: Olympiacos BC
One of the longest-serving NBA players on this list, Isaiah Canaan first entered the league in 2013-14 for the Houston Rockets. The petite goalkeeper played six seasons in the league and appeared in a total of 235 appearances. Another forgotten player in the three-alpha squad, Canaan averaged just 4.6 points on 26.6 percent behind the arc.
After the Bulls stopped in Houston, Phoenix, Minnesota and Milwaukee, it eventually led him to a career in Europe where he has played well so far. His last stop will be in Greece with Arturas Karnisovas’ old team, Olympiacos BC.
Be sure to check out HoopsHype’s full list of former NBA players now fighting overseas. over here.