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Nikola Mirotic | Forward

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/1/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 220
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The Bulls reportedly said they'd commit to keeping Nikola Mirotic in Chicago.
They can't trade him for 23 more days due to how he just signed his contract back on July 18. It doesn't appear he has a no-trade clause, so they'd likely ship him out of town if the Wolves won't do a Kevin Love deal without him. Jul 25 - 11:17 AM

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Nikola Mirotic is excited to begin his NBA career, but knows his development will be a slow process.

"All this is a big challenge for me," Mirotic said. "I know it's going to be hard, especially in the beginning. But as Coach is saying — and that helps me a lot — they want me to progress step-by-step. I strongly believe that I'm ready for this challenge. And I'm going to show it by practicing and working out hard and playing." That "step-by-step" quote is telling, and with Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson in town, Mirotic is unlikely to crack the rotation on a regular basis.
Jul 20 - 10:51 AM

The Bulls officially signed Nikola Mirotic on Friday.

"We feel Nikola will be a great addition to our frontcourt where he he’ll be able to space the floor with his outstanding shooting ability," said Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. "We’ve known Nikola for several years and we are confident he will be a great fit for our team both on and off the court. He’s a player with great potential." The potential is certainly there for Mirotic, but playing behind Pau Gasol, and Taj Gibson will make him irrelevant from a fantasy standpoint during his rookie campaign.
Jul 18 - 12:59 PM

Nikola Mirotic will sign a three-year, $17 million deal with the Bulls now that he has secured a buyout from Real Madrid in Spain.

"I am very happy and excited to announce that next season I will be playing with the [Bulls]," he wrote on Sunday. "Today I fulfill a dream." The 23-year-old power forward has enormous potential, as his lucrative rookie contract will attest, but he faces a definite learning curve in the NBA. Tom Thibodeau will bring him along slowly in the Bulls frontcourt, which already features Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson, and fantasy owners should avoid him on draft day.
Jul 13 - 6:33 PM

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is hopeful that Nikola Mirotic is ready to come play for Chicago.

"[Executive VP of basketball operations] John [Paxson] and [general manager] Gar [Forman] have been in contact with him for a long time because we have his draft rights," Thibodeau said. "Hopefully, something will be worked out. At some point, he will hopefully come, then we'll see where he is." Mirotic would be playing behind Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson, so he wouldn't really be worth drafting in standard leagues.
Source: ESPN
Jul 13 - 1:58 PM

A deal between the Bulls and Spanish forward Nikola Mirotic is "almost done," according to sources close to CSN Chicago's Aggrey Sam.

Mirotic was a first-round pick in 2011, and it seems he is finally ready to make the leap to the NBA. The Bulls will have to pay a $3.0 million buyout to his Spain club Real Madrid, but they can spread the buyout payment over multiple years. Mirotic is a stretch four who shot over 40 percent from the three-point line last year in Europe and the Bulls are hoping that he can add a scoring punch to their lethargic offense.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 10 - 2:07 PM

Nikola Mirotic has reached a buyout with Real Madrid, and the Bulls are now reportedly working out a contract to sign him.

If Mirotic comes to Chicago, the Bulls will need to make room for his salary. Chicago currently only has a mid-level exception to offer, but if they chose to amnesty Carlos Boozer, they will have more at their disposal. However, the additional cap room gained from amnestying Boozer was thought to be reserved for Carmelo Anthony, so this report could be suggesting that Chicago believes Carmelo will be re-signing with the Knicks.
Jul 4 - 9:40 AM

Bulls general manager Gar Forman said he's still not sure if Nikola Mirotic will come over to the NBA this summer.

Things got a little less likely for Mirotic with the Bulls trading for Creighton forward Doug McDermott. While Mirotic is one of the better players overseas, the Bulls may be using him as more of an asset and he may help them clear out some cap space as a trade piece. He didn't have the greatest run in the playoffs at Real Madrid as his team fell short in the final, but it shouldn't hurt his value too much.
Jun 27 - 9:07 AM

General manager Gar Forman said he feels confident that Nikola Mirotic will join the Bulls in the next two seasons.

He wrapped up a solid season with Real Madrid, averaging 12.4 points in 24.0 minutes per game. The Bulls own his draft rights and could potentially use him in a deal, which would really be the only way he would have fantasy value next season. Mirotic still seems a bit unlikely to be in the NBA for the 2014-15 season.
May 19 - 10:06 AM

Bulls F Nikola Mirotic said he's fine with playing one more season for Real Madrid.

Mirotic, arguably the best player in Europe right now, is in no rush to join the NBA and Real Madrid won't want to lose him. Combine that with the Bulls only being allowed to kick in $600,000 of a $2.5 million buyout and there are plenty of obstacles here. ESPN's Marc Stein does not believe the Bulls can afford to bring over Mirotic and sign a high-priced free agent like Carmelo Anthony or Pau Gasol.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 11:16 AM

Nikola Mirotic met with Bulls officials in Madrid on Friday.

Mirotic is widely considered the best NBA prospect in Europe. The Bulls drafted him in 2011 and would need to buy out his contract with Real Madrid before Mirotic could join the NBA. Next summer would be three years since the Bulls acquired his draft rights, meaning they would no longer be bound by the rookie pay scale. A Ryan Anderson-type power forward, Mirotic is currently averaging 15.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.0 blocks, and 1.8 three-pointers per game in Euroleague ball. His 64.0 percent shooting on three-pointers is tops in the league. The Bulls have high hopes for Mirotic, and those in deep keeper leagues will want to monitor the situation as we get closer to the summer.
Sat, Dec 14, 2013 09:07:00 AM

The Bulls are reportedly confident that Nikola Mirotic will join the team for the 2014/15 season.

Mirotic is perhaps the best player in Europe right now, and according to ESPN Chicago the Bulls believe that he "could develop into a star at the 4." The problem is going to be a tricky buyout and salary. Mirotic may not want to come to the NBA if Real Madrid, his current club, is offering more money. The 22-year-old has all the leverage here.
Fri, May 24, 2013 06:44:00 PM

Nikola Mirotic was named MVP for Liga Endesa for the 2012/13 season.

Mirotic's draft rights are owned by the Bulls, but he's not expected to come over from Europe until the 2014 offseason. After winning the "rising star" award in Euroleague last season, Mirotic's stock is undoubtedly on the rise. He figures to play a key part in Chicago's future.
Wed, May 22, 2013 12:14:00 PM

The Bulls are not expected to bring over draft pick Nikola Mirotic from Europe until the 2014 offseason.

"You're slotted in the first round, and I think the slot for No. 24 is $1.3 or $1.4 million," GM Gar Forman said. "Well, he makes a lot more money than that right now over at Real Madrid. So the way the CBA is written is after three years then you're no longer slotted." Mirotic is an exciting young prospect with a ton of talent, but Chicago will have to wait at least one more full season (2013/14) before he's available. "We're really, really excited about him," Forman added.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 08:25:00 AM

Bulls prospect Nikola Mirotic is a "rising star" in the Euroleague, but the earliest he could escape his contract with Real Madrid is the 2013-14 season.

A more realistic date is 2014-15, when his $2.5 million buyout will be more reasonable. Mirotic admits that he needs to improve his defense and add more strength (he is 6'10", 210 lbs), but he's a repeat winner of the Euroleague's "Rising Star Trophy," and last season he averaged 10.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in only 21 minutes per game.
Sun, Jul 8, 2012 04:52:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Derrick Rose
2Kirk Hinrich
3Aaron Brooks
SG1Jimmy Butler
2Tony Snell
SF1Mike Dunleavy
2Doug McDermott
PF1Pau Gasol
2Taj Gibson
3Nikola Mirotic
4Cameron Bairstow
C1Joakim Noah
2Nazr Mohammed