Chicago Bulls Can Add Nikola Mirotic Only Without Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love

By Wally Jacobs
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When the Chicago Bulls acquired the rights to Nikola Mirotic in the 2011 NBA Draft, nobody knew what to expect since he was still under contract with Real Madrid of the Spanish ACB League.

Since then, the Bulls have been waiting patiently to bring Mirotic over to Chicago. Their opportunity might finally come if the Bulls have any cap room available this summer. However, the entire process could be one long ordeal if the Bulls strike out on acquiring Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love.

First, the Bulls have to amnesty the contract of Carlos Boozer worth around $16 million. The Bulls are also unlikely to sign Mirotic if Anthony or Love comes to Chicago since they’ll only be able to offer him the Room Mid Level Exception worth $2.7 million. Mirotic can make significantly more with his team in Europe.

Also, if Chicago does strike out on Love or Anthony, the Bulls can help orchestrate the buyout of Mirotic’s contract in Europe worth over $3.3 million. Under league rules, the Bulls can only contribute a maximum of $600,000 to the buyout, while the rest of the money has to come from Mirotic himself. Then the Bulls can sign him to the Full Mid Level Exception worth $5.3 million.

Mirotic is a 6-foot-10 center with the ability to knock down a mid-range jumper, and also has the range to nail an NBA three. He’s not known for being much of a defender, and is most comparable to Andrea Bargnani. Basically, with Boozer out of the picture and Taj Gibson likely to be the starting power forward, Mirotic would be the Bulls’ newest sixth man.

However, none of this will matter if the Bulls sign Anthony or Love. As it stands now, Bulls fans would much rather have a perennial All-Star over a sixth man. But no matter what, big changes are on the horizon for the Bulls.

Wally Jacobs is a Chicago Bulls writer for Follow him on Twitter @WJac1.

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