Bulls reportedly trading Nikola Mirotic to Pelicans

Sheri Evans
February 3, 2018

Multiple sources report that Chicago has traded Mirotic to the Pelicans in exchange for center Omer Asik along with guards Jameer Nelson and Tony Allen and a 2018 first-round pick. Johnson also said Allen and Nelson will be waived by the Bulls.

After being selected by the Houston Rockets with the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 draft, Mirotic was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, then the Timberwolves traded him to the Chicago Bulls. This will be the big man's second stint with Chicago; he played for them from 2010-2012, his first two seasons in the league.

Mirotic, who missed several games this season after getting into a fist fight with teammate Bobby Portis, is averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per night in 25 games this season. Since the Bulls are looking to tank and build a new roster, they can not, unfortunately, hold on to Mirotic and since his no-trade stipulation has expired, he is on the market.

On Wednesday morning in Portland, Mirotic was at shootaround and expected to come off the bench against the Trail Blazers. So while Asik's ugly contract will be on the books the next two seasons, it really doesn't make a difference for the Bulls. The Bulls looked like the worst team in the league at the start of the season.

"Our goal in this in order to move him was to get a draft asset that we thought was valuable to us, and we feel we've done that", Paxson said.

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As for New Orleans, the Bulls had to include a second-round pick, as well as the option to swap future second round picks down the road.

But the Bulls are believed to have requested a first-round draft pick in any deal for Mirotic and will not be prepared to listen to offers without one. As the February 8 deadline approaches, we will continue to stay updated with the dealings in Chicago and keep an eye on rumors in the coming days. "This type of deal allows us to put Paul and Cris out on the floor more than they've been all season long".

As Danny Leroux of The Athletic noted on Twitter, last summer the Atlanta Hawks took on the final two years of Jamal Crawford's contract as part of a three-team deal with the Clippers that also landed Danilo Gallinari in Los Angeles via sign-and-trade.

Shortly after, Mirotic's representation made it known that he wanted out of Chicago, even though he wouldn't be eligible to be traded until January 15.

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