The Chicago Bulls are trying to deal Nikola Mirotic, and they reportedly have multiple suitors. The report says the Bulls are seeking a high draft pick - likely a first-rounder - and the Utah Jazz also are interested.
Ever since the start of the 2017-2018 season, it's felt like only a matter of time before the Bulls made a move.
If there's only one player that's going to be traded at the National Basketball Association trade deadline, it has to be Nikola Mirotic. Recently having been linked to the Utah Jazz, a new team appears to have entered the race according to New York Time's Marc Stein.
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. He asked to be traded earlier this season after he was punched by teammate Bobby Portis, an incident that left him in the hospital with a fractured face and a concussion.
Van Gundy said the Pistons are under the salary cap enough where it wouldn't handicap any of their trade talks, but they're not looking to do a complete roster tear-down to fix their issues now.
The Pistons (21-18) have lost five in a row on the road and visit Brooklyn Wednesday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) and Chicago Saturday (8 p.m., FSD).
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These are human beings going full contact, helmet-to-helmet, and teams seem to put their best interest in the way of the player. The weekend's finale features an NFC South matchup, the third this season between the Saints and Panthers , in New Orleans .
If this restriction wasn't in place, Mirotic might already be gone from Chicago.
The 26-year-old is shooting lights out this season, converting on 48.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 46.5 from beyond the arc. Acquiring Mirotic now would eliminate these concerns, and allow the Jazz to focus on adding other pieces in the offseason.
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.
The 6-foot-10 Mirotic leads the Bulls in scoring with 17.4 points despite playing only 25.1 minutes per game.
Mirotic signed a two-year contract in September worth a reported $25 million.
The report indicates that the Bulls are wanting a first round pick as compensation.