The Sun-Times reported last week that Mirotic and his representatives are standing firm on his trade request and that he is willing to waive the no-trade clause in his contract when he's eligible to be dealt January 15. It was reported this morning that the Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls were in trade talks regarding the power forward who is most certainly on the trade block.
Mirotić is now averaging 17.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in under 26 minutes this season, and he's shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 46.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 75 percent from the free-throw line. 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. Because he signed a two-year contract in the summer before training camp, he can't be traded until January 15. Portis was suspended for eight games after the incident, but Mirotic missed the first 23 games of the season after suffering two broken bones in his face.
If you're going to bet on one guy to get traded before the February 8 deadline, it should be Mirotic.
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Chicago traded Jimmy Butler and bought out Dwyane Wade's contract in the summer, making Mirotic their No.1 option on offense.
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That's exactly the type of production Minnesota could use to spark a bench that ranks 27th in the National Basketball Association in points per game. It's unlikely any team would put a valuable asset on the table for a disgruntled player. The Bulls got off to a awful start, and they remain near the bottom of the Eastern Conference Standings with a 14-27 record halfway through the year. There's a team option, also for $12.5 million, for 2018-19.
In 17 games, Mirotic has averaged 17.4 points and seven rebounds per game.
For example, if the Pistons were able to move its first round pick plus Jon Leuer for Mirotic, the Pistons would be netting an extra year of cap space, with Leuer's contract ending in three years, against Mirotic's contract of two years.
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The report indicates that the Bulls are wanting a first round pick as compensation.