Pistons interested in Nikola Mirotic

Doris Richards
January 12, 2018

The Blazers have been named in notable reports the past two days. According to the report, the Utah Jazz also are interested in Mirotic.

After being pretty much the league's laughing stock, the Chicago Bulls made a recent push following Nikola Mirotic's return to the hardwood, and considering how great the forward has been off lately, that's their flawless chance to sell high on the European.

Marc Stein of The New York Times, citing league sources, reported Tuesday that the Pistons have expressed interest to the Chicago Bulls in acquiring big man Nikola Mirotic.

For the Pistons, bringing on Mirotic would be wise due to what he would bring to the lineup and rotation. @TheSteinLine 1st. Also told Portland could join mix with Jazz and Pistons.

Nikola Mirotic #44 of the Chicago Bulls moves against Lance Stephenson #1 of the Indiana Pacers at the United Center on December 29, 2017 in Chicago. He wants to be traded, and for the rebuilding Bulls he is not part of the long-term future so it's wise to trade him now and get the most for him.

Mirotic can't technically be traded until Jan 15, but even that's an early than expected target date for Mirotic to be moved.

However, Chicago by no means is obligated to trade Mirotic.

Chicago traded Jimmy Butler and bought out Dwyane Wade's contract in the summer, making Mirotic their No.1 option on offense.

The 6-foot-10 Mirotic leads the Bulls in scoring with 17.4 points despite playing only 25.1 minutes per game.

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. The team has been 12.6 points better per 100 possessions when he's on the court this season.

Ever since Mirotic returned to the court after a busted up face (thanks to his teammate Bobby Portis), he's been lighting the world on fire by averaging 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds on 45.9 percent shooting from downtown.

Mirotic has a no-trade clause in his contract, but said he's willing to waive it.

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.

Mirotic could end up with Utah or Detroit, depending upon what each team offers Chicago. You can reach him on Twitter here.

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