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Nikola Mirotic | Forward | #44

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/11/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 260
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (23) / HOU
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Nikola Mirotic (face) won't travel with the Bulls on their four-game road trip that begins on Sunday.
This rules him out through Nov. 24, so maybe he'll have a chance to play on Nov. 26 vs. the Heat. Coach Fred Hoiberg said he has no plans of removing Lauri Markkanen from the starting lineup, so Mirotic may not have a big role once he's cleared to play. Nov 16 - 1:19 PM

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Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he doesn't know if Nikola Mirotic will travel with the team on their 4-game road trip that begins on Sunday.

It's going to be really interesting to see what kind of role Mirotic is going to have after Hoiberg announced on Wednesday that Lauri Markkanen will continue to start at PF. Mirotic has been urged by the front office to spend more time with the team, but he reportedly hasn't spoken with Bobby Portis yet. It still seems likely that the Bulls will move either Mirotic or Portis, but Mirotic actually can't be traded until Jan. 15. Treat him like a stash.
Nov 16 - 9:58 AM

Nikola Mirotic (face) was in attendance at Monday's practice.

Bulls executive Vice President John Paxson said Mirotic still hasn't had contact with Bobby Portis, but added that he's not going to "make a trade just to make a trade" -- Mirotic reportedly told the Bulls recently that they have to choose him or Portis. Mirotic could be cleared to play within the next couple weeks, but he's not a great stash at the moment with both Lauri Markkanen and Portis playing well.
Nov 13 - 12:09 PM

Nikola Mirotic (face) did some light shooting on Saturday.

With Bobby Portis thriving and posting a +7.1 net rating to go with his 20-12 averages to start, it'll be interesting to see if the Bulls trade Mirotic. He's not really worth stashing in most leagues, especially with how Lauri Markkanen has played.
Nov 11 - 7:46 PM

Nikola Mirotic (face) has had little contact with his teammates since the incident with Bobby Portis and has made it clear to management he doesn't think he can co-exist with Crazy Eyes.

Mirotic still hasn't talked to Portis, and it seems as though he'd like the Chicago franchise to choose between him and Bobby moving forward. He's also been perturbed by the disparity in the time of absence between him and Portis, as he still remains weeks away while Portis was able to make his regular-season debut on Tuesday night, putting up a 21-point, 13-board double-double. Mirotic can't be traded until January 15, though, so the awkwardness is guaranteed to last another few months.
Nov 8 - 10:35 AM

Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Nikola Mirotic has officially exited the league's concussion protocol.

That's certainly a positive step for Mirotic, and Hoiberg also said that Niko has increased his activity on a stationary bike. However, Mirotic still can't do any impact activities because of soreness from his facial injuries. He's expected to be sidelined for another 2-4 weeks.
Nov 3 - 1:50 PM

Nikola Mirotic visited the Bulls training facility on Wednesday for his first supervised, light workout since his altercation with Bobby Portis.

Earlier in the day, coach Fred Hoiberg said Mirotic was still expected to miss another 2-4 weeks. The now question is whether or not Mirotic and Bobby Portis can co-exist on the same team. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Mirotic and Portis have not communicated since Portis punched Mirotic in the face and "the situation is playing out towards a "me or him" resolution." However, since he signed as a free agent this offseason, Mirotic can't be traded until January 15th.
Oct 31 - 6:31 PM

Coach Fred Hoiberg said that there would be no change in the timeline for Nikola Mirotic (face) even though he will not undergo surgery, meaning Mirotic is expected back in 2-4 weeks.

It was announced on Monday that Mirotic had chosen not to have surgery. "After a short period of time, those fractures start to heal. So if you don’t have the surgery right away, it’s best to let it heal on its own," said GM John Paxson. Best case scenario for Mirotic would be returning in mid-November; however, he could be out past Thanksgiving. In the meantime, the Bulls may attempt to trade Bobby Portis, as there is reportedly still significant tension between the two players.
Oct 31 - 1:02 PM

Nikola Mirotic will not have surgery to correct his facial fractures.

"He’s chosen not to have surgery," John Paxson said. "After a short period of time, those fractures start to heal. So if you don’t have the surgery right away, it’s best to let it heal on its own... We’re not expecting him to play any time soon." Mirotic will go through a light workout on Tuesday which is expected to mainly consist of riding a stationary bike, but with him forgoing surgery, it could be tough for him to meet his original 4-6 week timetable.
Source: CBS Chicago
Oct 30 - 6:27 PM

Nikola Mirotic would prefer a trade out of Chicago, according to Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago.

The Bulls are reportedly aware of Mirotic's unhappiness and feel pressure to move either Mirotic or Bobby Portis. However, this is complicated by the fact Chicago can't trade Mirotic until mid-January, as he signed a new contract this offseason. The other option would be moving Portis. The Bulls have talked to at least one team about Portis, according to the report. Mirotic is still 4-6 weeks away from returning to the team as he recovers from facial injuries.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 27 - 9:52 AM

Nikola Mirotic is still in the concussion protocol according to coach Fred Hoiberg.

This isn't much of an update, but this confirms that the specialist he met with on Wednesday isn't ready to clear him. Mirotic hasn't decided if he will undergo surgery on his facial fractures, but he can't go that route until he's out of the protocol. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him back until late-November at the earliest. His next checkup isn't until next week.
Oct 26 - 1:21 PM

Nikola Mirotic's camp has told Chicago's front office that he still has a strong desire to remain with the Bulls.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune said there's a "growing sense that Mirotic would find returning to a locker room with [Bobby] Portis difficult," but added that this situation will likely improve with time. Mirotic visited a specialist for his concussion on Wednesday, but it's still not clear if he will opt to undergo surgery on his facial fractures -- he can't do that until he clears the protocol anyways. Unfortunately for Mirotic, he may have a tough time winning his job back when he returns in a month with Lauri Markkanen playing so well.
Oct 26 - 10:51 AM

Nikola Mirotic's (face) timetable has been set at 4-6 weeks.

Mirotic needs to clear the concussion protocol before they can address his facial injuries, but he'll likely wind up having surgery at some point. With both Mirotic and Bobby Portis (suspension) out until November, Lauri Markkanen's development will be accelerated, and he should be getting all the run he can handle at the four-spot making him an intriguing grab in most settings. Mirotic doesn't have a ton of upside, so he's a cut-candidate in leagues without an IR-spot.
Oct 18 - 1:17 PM

Updating a previous report, Nikola Mirotic has two broken bones in his face and may need surgery.

He was also diagnosed with a concussion, but he has been released from the hospital. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the early estimate for his timetable is a few weeks. With Bobby Portis likely to be suspended, rookie Lauri Markkanen could be looking at a significant workload and is worth picking up in standard leagues.
Oct 17 - 7:05 PM

Nikola Mirotic (fractured bone in face) is out indefinitely after he was hospitalized following an altercation with Bobby Portis at practice on Tuesday.

Details are trickling in, but here is what we know, courtesy of The Vertical's Shams Charania: "Mirotic was taken to the hospital Tuesday after their shoving altercation during practice ended with an alleged cheap shot from Portis to Mirotic’s face. Mirotic is undergoing tests, but is expected to be out for the foreseeable future." Rookie Lauri Markkanen may be forced into the starting lineup for the Bulls season opener. Bobby Portis, assuming he isn't suspended by the team, would also see an increase in playing time.
Oct 17 - 6:40 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kris Dunn
2Jerian Grant
3Ryan Arcidiacono
4Cameron Payne
5Kay Felder
SG1Zach LaVine
2Justin Holiday
3Denzel Valentine
4Antonio Blakeney
SF1David Nwaba
2Paul Zipser
3Quincy Pondexter
PF1Lauri Markkanen
2Nikola Mirotic
3Bobby Portis
C1Robin Lopez
2Cristiano Felicio