HoopsHype Nikola Mirotic rumors

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The Bulls will begin negotiations for the first time this offseason with Mirotic, who has a small buyout this summer. Though Real Madrid made noise about possibly signing Mirotic to an extension beyond the one year remaining on his deal, that could contain an out clause should Mirotic opt for the NBA. "We have built a relationship with him," general manager Gar Forman said at last week's NBA draft combine. "We feel confident he will come over at some point. Whether that's this summer or next, we don't know." Chicago Tribune

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Given the sizable buyout required to free Mirotic from his Spanish obligations -- and with Chicago able to kick in only $600,000 toward that buyout that wouldn't count against the salary cap -- it's conceivable Chicago might even ask its talented frontcourt prospect to stay abroad for a fourth successive season since he was drafted. It's hard to see how the Bulls could manufacture the needed financial flexibility to add a high-dollar free agent and Mirotic. The good news is 2011's No. 23 overall pick said earlier this month in an interview with Spain's Canal Plus that he's fine with playing one more season in Madrid, which he calls "home for me." ESPN.com

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Nikola Mirotic: I don't rule out staying with Real Madrid. I have a two-year contract and right now I'm comfortable here. This is home for me. Canal Plus

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Does it make sense financially to go to the NBA? Nikola Mirotic: For me the most important thing is hopes and goals. It's not a money thing. I will do what my heart tells me, whatever it's the best for me, go to Chicago or stay in Madrid to improve my game, give something more and build a future. I don't know now, but I'm close to making a decision. As

Has Real Madrid made a good offer? Nikola Mirotic: That question, you would have to ask the club about it. I know they have talked with my agent, but they haven't come to an agreement yet. As

A few days, you said you were waiting for the Spanish Basketball Federation to tell you if they wanted you to play the World Championship. Any update about that? Nikola Mirotic: Nothing. I haven't read anything about it and nobody has contacted me. I spoke my mind, but I don't have any problem with the Federation and I will respect any decision they make. But will you get angry if they say no? Mirotic: There wouldn't be any problem, like there was no problem before. But we will have to wait for their decision and then we'll see how I feel. As

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Toni Kukoc doesn't know when or if Nikola Mirotic will leave Real Madrid to join the Bulls. What Kukoc does know, as well as anyone, is what Mirotic will experience if he opts for the NBA. "Thank God Scottie and Michael are not here to torture him," Kukoc said with a laugh during a phone conversation. That, of course, would be Pippen and Jordan. Kukoc bore the brunt of the enmity the Hall of Famers had for general manager Jerry Krause relentlessly endorsing Kukoc during the 1992 Olympics. The pair ultimately embraced Kukoc as an essential piece in the second three-peat. Chicago Tribune

Mirotic won't face such a dynamic. What the Montenegro native will have to overcome are challenges that extend far beyond making baskets. "A lot more games. A lot more travel. Different language. Different food," Kukoc said. "It's a lot." Chicago Tribune

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Nikola Mirotic of Real Madrid said that he wants to play for Spanish National Team next summer. Mirotic, who has a passport from Montenegro and Spain, missed Eurobasket 2013, but now he intends to play FIBA World Cup in Spain next summer. "I want to play for Spain. I don’t want that people have doubt about me. I hope that Spanish federation will publicly say if they want Serge Ibaka or me to play” said Mirotic. Sportando

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