Pistons, Blazers presumably join Utah Jazz in Mirotic pursuit

Pistons, Blazers presumably join Utah Jazz in Mirotic pursuit

"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.

The Bulls seem intent on moving veteran forward Nikola Mirotic in hopes of shedding of his contract for next season.

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

During his four-year National Basketball Association career, the 26-year-old power forward has averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 23 minutes per game while shooting 36.1 percent from the 3-point line.

Mirotic can not be traded until January 15 because of his contract situation last offseason. Bobby Portis gave Mirotic multiple facial fractures and a concussion after a fight in practice in October, forcing Mirotic to miss almost two months.

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Stein adds that it "looks increasingly likely" that Mirotic will be dealt before the February 8 trade deadline.

Utah is 4.5 games out of the playoffs as the Western Conference's No.10 seed, while Portland is the No.6 seed at three games above.500. With Chicago sliding in the standings, they should be looking for a couple of picks and bad contracts in return. Acquiring Mirotic now would eliminate these concerns, and allow the Jazz to focus on adding other pieces in the offseason. 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. 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. Bulls motivated to get 1st round pick for Niko.

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

Mirotic has been able to provide the bulk of this production off the bench while he has shown to be a more effective player in the starting lineup averaging 25.0 points on 56.3 percent shooting from the field and 47.4 percent from beyond the arc with 8.3 rebounds in three starts.

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