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Bulls Trade Nikola Mirotic To Pelicans

03 February, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Rachael Silva
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In exchange, Chicago receives center Omer Asik, Jameer Nelson, Tony Allen and a 2018 first round pick with "minimal" protections.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls have agreed on a trade for forward Nikola Mirotic, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Pelicans then chose to pick up that option, which let the Bulls sign off on the trade without approval from Mirotic.

By trading Asik, Allen and Nelson, the Pelicans have created an open roster spot, which would allow them to sign soon-to-be free agent center-forward Greg Monroe, who reached a buyout deal with Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

Asik will admittedly be a strain on the Bulls' salary cap, as he's set to make $10.6 million this year, $11.3 million next season and can be bought out in 2019 for $3 million. Mirotic has played very well with Chicago since returning after missing 23 games to start the season averaging 16.7 points as well as 6.3 rebounds per game.

The Rockets have an open roster spot, and adding a player via free agency appears more likely than making a trade before the February 8 deadline, given Houston's lack of attractive pieces they'd be willing to move.

Indeed, the trade quadruples down on the Bulls' rebuild undertaken with last June's trade of Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves.

Nikola Mirotic is on the move after all.

He returned December 8, and the Bulls won 10 of 12 games, including seven consecutive.

As for New Orleans, the Bulls had to include a second-round pick, as well as the option to swap future second round picks down the road.

With just over a week remaining before the trade deadline closes, time is quickly ticking on a potential deal for the Montenegro-born man. This echoes their decision to give a first-rounder back to the Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade.

Also, according to Shams Charania, the Bulls are waiving Quincy Pondexter to help accommodate for all of the moving pieces.

The team remains unsure of the status of Allen, Paxson said, though it's expected that he'll be waived.

"The draft asset we acquired in this deal was far and away the best thing we had [going in talks]", Paxson said.

A deal as good as the one the Bulls originally cut with the Pelicans still might happen.



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