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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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Bulls rookie Nikola Mirotic was poked in the eye during practice on Saturday, but he finished Sunday's game with two points, two assists, three steals and one block in just 13 minutes of action.
The injury won't limit Mirotic going forward, but it's still unclear how big a role he'll have in Tom Thibodeau's bench rotation. Fellow rookie Doug McDermott added seven points and one 3-pointer with no other stats to his credit in 18 minutes off the bench. Oct 19 - 10:39 PM

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Nikola Mirotic scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting (1-of-5 3PTs) with four rebounds, four steals and one block in 23 minutes off the bench on Monday against the Nuggets.

Mirotic is going to go through a learning curve as he adjusts to the NBA but it was a nice night against a Nuggets team that really struggled. Absent an injury ahead of him in the frontcourt, he's not going to have any real fantasy value this season.
Oct 14 - 12:24 AM

Nikola Mirotic hit just 1-of-7 shots and didn't hit a 3-pointer in 16 minutes on Saturday.

He finished with just two points and two rebounds, but also had two steals and three blocks. He's a deep sleeper and probably pleased Tom Thibodeau with his strong defensive play tonight. But it's going to be feast or famine with Mirotic, at least for the first half of the season.
Oct 11 - 11:51 PM

Nikola Mirotic came off the bench for zero points, two rebounds, five turnovers and six fouls in just 14 minutes on Tuesday.

This was a far cry from his preseason debut of 17 points on Monday. He's got talent and is an interesting sleeper in deeper leagues, but his two preseason games thus far are probably a good tell sign of the inconsistency that might come with owning him this year.
Oct 8 - 12:38 AM

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau praised rookie Nikola Mirotic after he scored a team-high 17 points in Monday's exhibition.

Mirotic's shooting has never been in question, but Thibodeau was impressed by other aspects of his game. "He can block some shots. He thinks ahead. It makes him quick. He runs the floor hard and does it every time," he said. "He has to get stronger. That will come. Overall, because of the way he plays, it opens up the floor ... It gives Derrick more space to operate." A single preseason game doesn't mean much, and Mirotic has an uphill battle for playing time off the bench, but he's worth monitoring throughout the preseason.
Oct 7 - 12:05 PM

Nikola Mirotic looked like a potential superstar against the Wizards on Monday, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

He made 5-of-9 from the field and made all four from the line for an absolutel gem of a line. Mirotic is still going to be a marginal asset for the Bulls this season because coach Tom Thibodeau isn't a fan of unleashing rookies. We'll keep an eye on him, though.
Oct 6 - 11:52 PM

Nikola Mirotic said his first few days of NBA training camp have been going well.

Mirotic is just three days into his NBA career, but is already feeling at home in Chicago. "It feels good," Mirotic said. "For me, different because I played before in Europe. So I don't know really how they work, but I learn every day something new; so they've helped me, teammates. Coaches have helped me. I feel good." The 23-year-old will see a limited role this season behind Taj Gibson and Paul Gasol, so he shouldn't be on fantasy owners' radars in standard leagues.
Oct 2 - 9:08 AM

Tom Thibodeau downplayed the role that rookie Nikola Mirotic might play this season.

"I know there's a steep learning curve [for rookies]," said Thibs. "You can't do it at the expense of winning or losing games ... But shooting is one of the areas we wanted to address, and I think we've done that." Fantasy owners should avoid Mirotic as long as Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson are healthy, but he's already impressed Derrick Rose during training camp. "We already know he can shoot, but he's good," Rose said.
Oct 1 - 10:48 AM

Nikola Mirotic is ready and willing to accept any role he's given in Chicago.

"I’m ready to accept my role on the team," Mirotic said. "In Madrid I’m always starter. For sure this is different. This is NBA. I don’t care if I start or don’t start. I have to do my job and I play, so that’s it." Mirotic won't be starting anytime soon with Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol in town, so it's nice to know he will accept a limited role during his rookie season in Chicago. He's not on the radar in standard leagues.
Jul 27 - 1:21 PM

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

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

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2Aaron Brooks
3Kirk Hinrich
4E'Twaun Moore
SG1Jimmy Butler
2Tony Snell
SF1Mike Dunleavy
2Doug McDermott
PF1Pau Gasol
2Taj Gibson
3Nikola Mirotic
4Cameron Bairstow
C1Joakim Noah
2Nazr Mohammed