In a report that shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, the Bulls are planning to move Nikola Mirotic before the trade deadline.
Mirotic has requested a trade all season, and even though the Bulls have played pretty good since his return, there is still reportedly tension behind the scenes between him and Bobby Portis after Portis punched Mirotic in practice.
Here is what Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN wrote in his Monday piece:
“The Bulls are still planning to trade forward Nikola Mirotic
Mirotic has been intrigued with the Utah Jazz, whose coach, Quin Snyder, has a reputation of maximizing offensive talent.”
Mirotic can officially be traded on January 15, and the fit with the Jazz as a stretch four alongside Rudy Gobert actually makes a lot of sense for a team that could use his scoring and floor-stretching abilities while not being too affected by his defensive inefficiencies.
He has averaged 17.4 points and 7.0 rebounds on 46.5% shooting from beyond the arc in 25 minutes per game for the Bulls.
That sort of production makes Mirotic a pretty good value at $12.5 million per season and should make him pretty easy to move for the Bulls in the next month as his value may never be higher than it is right now.