Bulls plan to deal Nikola Mirotic

12 January, 2018, 19:20 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Bill DiFilippo

"The Bulls are still planning to trade forward Nikola Mirotic, which can't happen until January 15 or without his permission, based on his contract", Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN wrote.

On Tuesday, NBA writer Marc Stein reported that the Utah Jazz have shown interest in acquiring Mirotic from the Bulls and they aren't the only team.

Ever since the start of the 2017-2018 season, it's felt like only a matter of time before the Bulls made a move.

Mirotic spent most of the early portion of the season recovering from injuries suffered in a fight against teammate Bobby Portis.

Mirotic can not be traded until January 15 because of his contract situation last offseason. Mirotic is intrigued by the Jazz and head coach Quin Snyder, according to Wojnarowski.

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With the trade deadline quickly approaching, mediocre National Basketball Association teams and execs need to plan ahead to the future and try to figure out what's best for the long term, instead of trying to make a late playoff push that's very unlikely to happen. The Detroit Pistons are the No.7 seed in the East with just a 1.5-game lead over the No.9 seed.

If this restriction wasn't in place, Mirotic might already be gone from Chicago. He leads the team with 17.4 points per game.

With the Bulls in rebuild mode, teams in need of scoring have their eyes on the 26-year-old forward, who is averaging a career-high 17.4 points this season. For prospective playoff teams looking for a stretch 4, Mirotic would be a logical fit. The Bulls got off to a terrible start, and they remain near the bottom of the Eastern Conference Standings with a 14-27 record halfway through the year.

For example, if the Pistons were able to move its first round pick plus Jon Leuer for Mirotic, the Pistons would be netting an extra year of cap space, with Leuer's contract ending in three years, against Mirotic's contract of two years. Mirotic is now on a one-year, $12.5 million deal that has a club option worth $12.5 million for the 2018-19 season. The second year of the deal is a team option, making him an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019.

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