On Monday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned Portland in an article about potential buyers and sellers at the trade deadline market, reporting the Blazers were interested in finding an upgrade at small forward. One name expected to be on the move before the February 8 deadline is Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic.
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.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Chicago plans to trade Mirotic, though his contract stipulates that he can't be dealt before January 15 or without his permission. 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?
Chicago traded Jimmy Butler and bought out Dwyane Wade's contract in the summer, making Mirotic their No.1 option on offense.
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. He leads the team with 17.4 points per game.
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Mirotic was surrounded by buzz earlier in the season when he and teammate Bobby Portis got into a scrap, with the former missing roughly two months with facial fractures and a concussion.
The Chicago Bulls have cooled off after winning 9 of 11 games and now find themselves at 14-27 on the year and losers of two-straight.
Mirotic is averaging 17.4 points on 48.6 percent shooting with the Bulls, including 46.5 percent from 3-point range on almost six attempts per game. There's a team option, also for $12.5 million, for 2018-19.
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.
The report indicates that the Bulls are wanting a first round pick as compensation.