Point Guard of the Future Part VIII?
The Bulls added another guard to their already-claustrophobic backcourt on Monday, claiming Kay Felder off free agency waivers, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.
The Chicago Bulls have claimed guard Kay Felder off free agency waivers, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 16, 2017
Felder, 22, was dealt alongside Richard Jefferson from the Cavaliers to the Hawks on Saturday before being immediately waived.
The Bulls then decided to take a flyer on the Oakland University product because why the heck not? Barring some type of NBA miracle, the Bulls are on a season-long march to the lottery, so adding another young player can't hurt. Even if Felder is now the fifth point guard, joining Cameron Payne, Kris Dunn, Ryan Arcidiacono and Jerian Grant, on the squad.
In 42 games with the Cavs last season, Felder averaged four points and 1.4 assists in just over nine minutes. He was drafted with the hope that he could further his NCAA reputation as a scorer. However, he connected on just 39 percent from the field during his rookie season. He's also undersized -- like Nate Robinson-Isaiah Thomas Undersized -- lowering his ceiling as a defender.
Whether he can find a niche as a second-unit heat check guy remains to be seen, but with Kris Dunn expected to miss a few weeks, it gives Fred Hoiberg another option at the very least. He's also former NBA All-Star Steve Smith's cousin, should you believe in the power of basketball families.
In a corresponding move, the Bulls waived Diamond Stone and preseason hero, Jarell Eddie.
Sources: Bulls waived center Diamond Stone and forward Jarell Eddie to reach 15-man roster with Kay Felder. Felder has two seasons left on his deal.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 16, 2017