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Nikola Mirotic | Forward | #3

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (27) / 2/11/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 260
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (23) / HOU
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Nikola Mirotic scored 10 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Heat on Friday.
Starting doesn't really matter for Niko as he'll be getting his shots and minutes at power forward. He's a little inconsistent, but he should be owned in standard leagues. Feb 23 - 11:35 PM

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Nikola Mirotic came off the bench on Wednesday for 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

Mirotic was initially reported as a starter tonight, but at the last second Emeka Okafor took his spot. New Orleans will vary the lineup based on matchups, according to coach Alvin Gentry, but Mirotic's minutes and touches should be safe regardless -- he logged 30 minutes tonight. He's a solid 'hold' and should only get better as he builds chemistry with his new team.
Feb 15 - 12:24 AM

Updating a previous report, Nikola Mirotic will come off the bench again on Wednesday with Emeka Okafor starting at center.

This was a last-second switch after Mirotic was previously reported to be starting. It shouldn't impact either player's minutes much, however, so there aren't any big swings for fantasy value.
Feb 14 - 8:13 PM

Nikola Mirotic will start over Emeka Okafor on Wednesday.

Coach Alvin Gentry said he'll be playing the matchups on the fifth starter, but either way Mirotic will be getting minutes. He scored 21 points off the bench on Monday and 21 in the starting lineup on Saturday. He should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 14 - 7:21 PM

Nikola Mirotic came off the bench and hit 7-of-16 shots and four 3-pointers for 21 points, 12 rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes.

He came off the bench behind Emeka Okafor, who started at center to try to help Anthony Davis with Andre Drummond, but still came up big with his second straight dub-dub, and third in his last five games. Starting or coming off the bench really doesn't matter for Mirotic, and he's averaging 15.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.2 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games.
Feb 12 - 10:11 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 21 points with 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals, two 3-pointers and a career-high five blocks against the Nets on Saturday.

He was protecting the rim a bunch with three blocks on Spencer Dinwiddie, one on Quincy Acy and one on DeMarre Carroll. We have seen too many bad games from Mirotic to count including Friday night, but he has a knack for some stat-stuffing lines like this one. He should be owned in all leagues.
Feb 10 - 10:28 PM

Nikola Mirotic scored 12 points with five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

Not many players are as slump prone as Mirotic and he may be in one now, making just 7-of-23 in his last two games. His minutes are still going to be in the mid 30s and he'll be getting his shots with a ton of open looks. He's certainly worth owning, but he'll have his share of bad games like this one.
Feb 9 - 9:57 PM

Nikola Mirotic hit just 2-of-8 shots and was 0-for-4 from downtown for five points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes of Monday's ugly 133-109 loss to the Jazz.

Miro had 18 points, 12 boards and three 3-pointers in his Pels' debut on Saturday, but didn't have anything going tonight. This was his first game without a 3-pointer since way back on Dec. 27 and while tonight's disappearing act is slightly concerning, he should bounce back on Wednesday against the Pacers.
Feb 5 - 11:18 PM

Nikola Mirotic will move into the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Jazz.

That was fast. Mirotic looked excellent off the bench in his Pelicans debut, racking up 18 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, four steals and a block. He won't be that good, but Mirotic is clearly a must-own player with enormous upside alongside Anthony Davis.
Feb 5 - 6:36 PM

Nikola Mirotic made his Pelicans debut (off the bench) on Saturday and went off, hitting 6-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 18 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, four steals and a block in an ugly loss to Minnesota.

His debut couldn't have gone much better and he should be starting at power forward soon for the Pelicans. He's a must-own player and while he won't be this good on most nights, he should finish up strong and end up being one of the true steals of fantasy drafts this year.
Feb 3 - 11:24 PM

Nikola Mirotic will make his Pelicans debut Saturday vs. the Timberwolves.

Mirotic was posting career-highs across the board for the Bulls this season, averaging 16.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 3-pointers in 24.9 minutes for Chicago. The Pelicans traded a first-round pick for Mirotic and also guaranteed his 2018-19 salary of $12.5 million, which means they have a lot invested in him. He will likely see minutes in the mid-to-high 20's right away and should be owned in all standard-sized leagues.
Feb 2 - 11:03 AM

The Pelicans have finalized a deal for Nikola Mirotic according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Pelicans are also planning to guarantee the $12.5M salary of Mirotic for the 2018-19 season, so this isn't just a rental. New Orleans will send Chicago a 2018 first-round pick with "minimal" protections in addition to Tony Allen, Jameer Nelson and Omer Asik. The Pelicans cleared a roster spot with this move, opening the door for them to also bring in Greg Monroe. This is a solid landing spot for Mirotic and he will give the Pelicans some much needed floor spacing to open things up for Anthony Davis. He's definitely worth owning in standard leagues.
Feb 1 - 1:07 PM

Nikola Mirotic will not play on Wednesday against the Blazers.

And fire up those trade rumors. Additionally, he may not play again until the trade deadline passes as the organization tries to find a deal for him. Mirotic said he was available to play due to his leg injury, so this is likely just about the trade rumors. Bobby Portis needs to be owned in all leagues.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Portis leads the Bulls with a 1.02 FPPM mark with Mirotic, Dunn and all inactive/non-rotation members off the floor. He should see ample run off the bench, but beware that Paul Zipser has been named the starter in place of Markkanen, which could lead to more offensive responsibility being placed on the wings (Holiday, LaVine, Grant) while the starting five is out there.
Jan 31 - 5:33 PM

Nikola Mirotic (leg) said he will be available to play against the Blazers on Wednesday.

He did not address the trade talks from Tuesday. "The only thing I know is I practiced with the team today and am available to play tonight," Mirotic said. He added that Feb. 9 is "still far away" and that his leg is OK. Obviously the Mirotic trade rumors will be at the forefront of all Bulls talk. He'll be extremely risky to use in the short term while Bobby Portis should be owned in all leagues.
Jan 31 - 2:47 PM

The Jazz remain interested in acquiring Nikola Mirotic, according to sources of Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

Utah is reportedly hesitant to include a first-round pick for Mirotic, which is Chicago's asking price, but they remain interested and believe Mirotic could help their team. If a Utah-Chicago deal goes through for Mirotic, Derrick Favors would likely be involved, which wouldn't be great news for Bobby Portis. Stay tuned.
Jan 31 - 11:33 AM

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