Bulls likely to trade Nikola Mirotic

  • Bulls likely to trade Nikola Mirotic

Bulls likely to trade Nikola Mirotic

Some reports have stated that Chicago is intent on getting back a first-round pick and no long-term contracts in return for Mirotic.

Ever since the start of the 2017-2018 season, it's felt like only a matter of time before the Bulls made a move. Seventeen games into his fourth National Basketball Association season, the 26-year-old is averaging career highs in points, rebounds, field goal percentage and three-point percentage.

Marc Stein of The New York Times, citing league sources, reported Tuesday that the Pistons have expressed interest to the Chicago Bulls in acquiring big man Nikola Mirotic. However, Mirotic can't be traded until January 15, when restrictions are lifted as a result of him signing as a restricted free agent over the summer.

The Bulls have indicated they plan to trade him before the February 8 trade deadline. His desire to play elsewhere stems of course from the preseason incident with Bobby Portis, which left him in the hospital with a concussion and facial fractures and caused him to miss the first 23 games of the season. Now, taking into account what Duncan said about Johnson and Kennard being likely off the table, what could a possible Bulls-Pistons trade look like? He leads the team with 17.4 points per game.

Trades are bound to happen sooner or later, and when the clock ticks, players lose value and teams lose leverage, so they need to make some fast moves in order to get the most out of the few assets they now own. 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. The No.7 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft is averaging 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in his first season.

Mirotic can't technically be traded until Jan 15, but even that's an early than expected target date for Mirotic to be moved.

Nikola Mirotic #44 of the Chicago Bulls moves against Lance Stephenson #1 of the Indiana Pacers at the United Center on December 29, 2017 in Chicago.