Despite the team's recent surge up the standings, Nikola Mirotić still wants the Chicago Bulls to ship him elsewhere once he becomes trade-eligible on January 15, and he may have already singled out a potential landing spot. This time for Bulls' forward Nikola Mirotic.
Ever since the start of the 2017-2018 season, it's felt like only a matter of time before the Bulls made a move. He is now leading the team by posting a career-high 17.4 points with 48.6 percent shooting from the field and 46.5 percent from beyond the arc with 7.0 rebounds per contest.
His stock is as high as it has ever been and the Bulls can officially trade him beginning January 15 based terms of his contract. The incident left Mirotic hospitalized with a concussion and facial fractures, causing him to miss the first 23 games of the campaign.
The other aspect working in Utah's favor, as I mentioned this morning, is that Mirotic has a no-trade clause in his contract that allows him to turn down a trade destination that he doesn't want to go to.
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Utah (16-24) sits 10th in the Western Conference, but is only 4 1/2 games behind the New Orleans Pelicans for the eighth and final playoff spot. He leads the team with 17.4 points per game. "We're just seeing if there's anything that makes sense for us", Van Gundy said.
Mirotic signed a two-year contract in September worth a reported $25 million. This would make the deal a lot easier to swallow on Utah's end, but also likely wouldn't be enough to "trick" Chicago into pulling the trigger on supposed first round picks.
The Mirotic news comes as Leuer continues to recover from a severely sprained ankle on October 31, which caused him to miss the last 31 games.