It’s been a long time coming, but Chicago Bulls fans’ prayers may finally be answered. It’s becoming more likely that Chicago will make a move in acquiring Nikola Mirotic this coming offseason. The 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward has been a dominant force on his team Real Madrid in the Euroleague. His acquisition would definitely make the Bulls 2014-15 roster a strong force capable of NBA Championship contention.
Mirotic was acquired by the Bulls in the NBA 2011 draft through a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Since three years have passed since his draft, the Bulls’ prospect is no longer confined by the rookie salary scale and would be able to buy out his contract, freeing him to a possible signing with the Bulls.
Before dreams of signing the promising young talent grow out of hand, there are a couple of stipulations attached. The first concerns Chicago’s cap space. If Chicago does sign Mirotic, they would have to amnesty or trade away salary heavy-weight Carlos Boozer. With the freed up cap space, Chicago will still only be able to offer him their mid-level exception, which would be a pay cut for Europe’s biggest star.
Since Mirotic is making great pay with Real Madrid right now, the Bulls should not pinch their pockets with his signing, and they should sweeten the deal by perhaps offering him a high-paying first year salary. In the long run, it would be in the best interests of everyone involved to pay the young superstar his due worth.
Mirotic’s salary, however high it turns out to be, will not go to waste. He recently led Real Madrid to a decisive championship victory in the Copa Del Ray Tournament a few weeks back, winning the MVP. On the same note, Mirotic’s stats this year are almost ungodly. Even though he roughly played around 23 minutes per game, he made 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds as well.
Most shocking is his field-goal percentage from behind the 3-point line, which is an impressive 64 percent. No one in the league right now currently has numbers from behind the line like that, especially for a forward. These strong offensive numbers would be a godsend to the Bulls, who currently rest in the bottom of the league in their offensive efficiency.
This offseason should be the time for Chicago fans to finally see what the hubbub surrounding Mirotic is all about. The Bulls definitely need to add a new forward to the rotation, and Mirotic would be the best possible option they can make. A trio of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Mirotic would send shivers down the spines of other teams in the league. Here’s hoping Mirotic finally makes his visit to the states.