The Bulls-Pelicans trade may have been put on pause, but that doesn’t mean Nikola Mirotic will remain in Chicago much longer.
With the Mirotic to the Pelicans deal hitting a snag, the Jazz have continued their pursuit of Mirotic, according to Salt Lake Tribune. The Pelicans are mostly hesitant to include a first-round draft pick in exchange for the Bulls power forward, according to the report.
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The Sun-Times confirmed Tuesday that the Bulls and Pelicans were close to finalizing a deal that would send Mirotic to New Orleans for a draft pick, Omer Asik’s ugly contract and possibly another player, but the deal fell apart. Mirotic and his representatives didn’t like the idea of walking away from a possible guaranteed $12.5 million next season if they give up his no-trade clause, the Sun-Times previously reported.
Mirotic has been “intrigued” by the idea of being traded to the Jazz since earlier this month, theSun-Times previously reported.
Mirotic could be a boost for the Jazz on the perimeter. As a team, the Jazz are collectively making only 36.8 percent of their three-point attempts so far this season.
Mirotic is playing arguably his best season in the NBA after making his season debut in December. He’s putting up career-high numbers across the board and is averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Mirotic is also shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc.
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