Nikola Mirotic’s Time with Chicago Bulls Looks to Be Coming to an End
Despite a hot stretch, the Chicago Bulls aren’t hindering from their rebuild plans.
After returning from his facial injury suffered from altercation with teammate Bobby Portis, Nikola Mirotic has been one of the more impressive names on an otherwise lacklustre Bulls team. Despite playing quite possibly his best basketball of his NBA career and seemingly moving past his beef with Portis, Mirotic and his representatives remain firm on his trade request and according to reports, are more than willing to waive Mirotic’s no-trade clause once he turns eligible on January 15.
For the organization, that would mean they could get value in return while clearing $37-million off their books.
Interesting that @ChrisMannixYS says on his recent podcast "that he has heard from (@NBA) executives that are optimistic that the #Bulls could get a (mid to late) 1st round pick in return for Nikola Mirotic if Chicago decides to move him by February 8th trade deadline.
— Carlos Douglas Jr. (@TheRealC_Los) January 6, 2018
On the season, Mirotic is averaging 17.9-points and 7.3-rebounds per contest, while shooting 45.9% from long range. He also holds a positive Defensive Real Plus-Minus on the other side of the floor. His per-36 minutes numbers may be even more impressive: 25.6-points, 10.5-rebounds.
With Zach LaVine’s impending return, moving Mirotic will open up space for the Bulls organization to see what they have in the athletic young guard.
Twitter has already been having some fun with potential destinations for the international forward.
Honestly, if the Blazers are able to make a move this season, Nikola Mirotic makes sense to me. Pick-and-pop 4 on a short deal from a team that wants young assets. Decent way to shed long-term salary and still be more competitive in the here and now.
— David MacKay (@DavidMacKayNBA) January 6, 2018
Totally hypothetical but would you do Powell and Poeltl for Mirotic?
— joe ne🅱️🅱️🅱️udden (@phatronaldo) January 6, 2018
The Bulls may have quite the trade chip on their hands.