Chicago Bulls Agree To Trade Nikola Mirotic

Nikola Mirotic

Per multiple reports, the full deal will see the Pelicans acquire Mirotic and a second-round pick in exchange for a first-round pick, Omer Asik, Jameer Nelson and Tony Allen.

The Bulls will also send a second round pick to the Pelicans in the swap, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

National Basketball Association insider David Aldridge reports the first round pick is top-five protected for 2018, while Johnson added that Jameer Nelson would be included in the deal.

Mirotic, 26, is averaging a career-best 16.8 points to go with 6.4 rebounds while shooting at a 43 percent mark from distance this season.

They had to take on Asik's contract, but they aren't going to be signing any big-name free agents in the next few seasons anyway, so his presence on their cap sheet won't do much to hinder their long-term plans. Despite being drafted in the 2011 draft, Mirotic would not see an National Basketball Association court until the 2014 season.

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Mirotic will join the Pelicans in wake of DeMarcus Cousins' season-ending surgery for a ruptured Achilles. Since the Bulls are looking to tank and build a new roster, they can not, unfortunately, hold on to Mirotic and since his no-trade stipulation has expired, he is on the market.

But Nikola Mirotic might not be the Pelicans' only get this season. And finding the right pairing may very well be the issue this time around, just as it likely was in trade talks involving Nikola Mirotic. They're two players who have yet to prove they fit in the Bulls' long-term vision.

Nelson and Allen each signed one-year deals in the offseason and are potential buyout/waiver candidates.

Whatever the case, the fact of the matter is that the hottest trade rumor relating to the Utah Jazz has been officially snuffed out. Mirotic wanted out and the Bulls didn't need him for their future. And while the New Orleans sit seventh in the Western Conference as of this writing, that could change dramatically if they keep making moves as such as these.

The meaning for Mirotic is clear. I'd say probably not. But the ripple effects - who picks up the waived players, how this affects the Monroe pursuit and the NBA Draft implications - are all yet to be determined.

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