With all of the Chicago Bulls talk currently on free agent Carmelo Anthony, it appears the Bulls are close to bolstering their roster with the addition of Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic who they acquired the rights to after he was a 2011 first-round pick in the NBA Draft.
Mirotic has chosen to leave his Spanish team after having problems with his coach in the Spanish Cup, agreeing to a buyout of $3 million. The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reported that the Bulls are in negotiations with Mirotic to bring him to Chicago for the 2014-15 season. NBA fans may be unaware of Mirotic, but for Chicago fans the move is much anticipated.
The 6-foot-10 “stretch four” has flourished in Europe and was the Spanish League MVP in 2013. Last season the 23-year-old averaged 12.4 points while shooting 51 percent from the field and 46 percent from three on 24 minutes per game. He has quickly become one of the Euroleague’s brightest stars.
It has been unclear since 2011 when Mirotic would be brought over, but it seems that time has finally arrived. He is known as a shooter and would fit well with the Bulls, likely coming off the bench behind Taj Gibson.
If Mirotic does indeed reach an agreement with the Bulls, it certainly would signal the end of Carlos Boozer‘s time in Chicago as the two play the same position. It also impacts the Bulls’ ability to sign Anthony, because Mirotic would not be on a rookie pay-scale. If they are unable to land Anthony, then it seems their offseason would consist of adding Mirotic, rookie Doug McDermott and likely another shooting guard while possibly re-signing Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin.