HoopsHype Nikola Mirotic rumors

December 16, 2013 Updates

Nikola Mirotic on Bulls: I have contact with them, my people too. They watch my games a lot, they call me, they look after me. It's good, but I try to do my job here [with Real Madrid]. I'm not worried about it, I know I have time for that. I want to finish this year in a good way and see what the options are so I can make a decision. ElMundo.es

December 14, 2013 Updates
November 21, 2013 Updates

In this regard, Chicago is blessed. The Bulls retain the cheap services of Jimmy Butler, are still owed a potentially lucrative first-round pick from Charlotte and have top European prospect Nikola Mirotic waiting in the wings. When Chicago inevitably loses veteran talent due to financial constraints, it has genuine talent and quality assets with which to replace them. This will allow the Bulls to have a sustained run at success, to stay good and to fire more than one bullet at winning a title. The repeater tax being what it is may break up the current team, but new blood can come in and push it back to competitiveness, so as to not waste Rose's still-distant prime years. SB Nation

November 13, 2013 Updates

Jan Vesely finally made his 2013 debut Tuesday night in Dallas, recording no stats in 79 seconds of action. If this is going to be his breakout season, the breaking hasn’t quite started yet. Nevertheless, there’s at least one person extremely enthusiastic about Vesely’s potential. I’m referring, of course, to David Arcas, a writer for El Mundo Madridista.com. In Arcas’s piece about Vesely, we learn that Real Madrid will likely be losing star Nicola Mirotic to the NBA, that the club and Vesely’s agent are willing to negotiate his return to Europe to play for Real, that he’s lost playing time to Kevin Seraphin and Al Harrington, that he doesn’t have the support of his coach or his team, and that there could be competition from Turkish and Russian clubs for Vesely’s services. Washington Post

November 4, 2013 Updates

Nikola Mirotic has been named Euroleague MVP for the month of October. Mirotic helped lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 record while averaging 16.3 points per game on 71.4 percent two-point shooting, 85.7 percent from three and 91.7 percent from the free throw line. Mirotic also averaged 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1 block per game. Mirotic's per-minute index rating was 48.14, which is 30 percent higher than the full-season record average of 37.21 by Arvydas Sabonis. RealGM

October 10, 2013 Updates
October 2, 2013 Updates

Nikola Mirotic: "I don't know if this will be my last season with Real Madrid. It's normal that a young player with ambition would think about playing in the NBA. It's not a bad thing. The NBA is there, waiting, and probably I will go there one day. Why not? But now I'm here in Madrid and I want to enjoy it." Marca.com

July 20, 2013 Updates

But if the Bulls can pay Mirotic enough to have him pay the buyout himself (because it will be three years since he had been drafted, Mirotic won’t be tied to the NBA’s rookie salary scale), they will get a versatile big man who shot 41.7 percent from the 3-point line in Spain last year, and his perimeter shooting would pair nicely with Noah’s frenetic interior play. “He has a big-time skill set,” one scout said. “When they drafted him (in 2011), it was hard to tell how he would develop, if he would bulk up and become a useful big man or if he was going to stay on the perimeter and be a Bargnani-type. But he has come along really nicely, he is an effort guy and he has made big leaps in terms of what he can do in the post.” Sporting News

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May 24, 2013 Updates

While the Bulls have always been privately confident that Mirotic would come to Chicago next summer, even they don't know for sure. First, they would have to negotiate a buyout with Real Madrid. If they get past that complicated step, the most interesting portion of the negotiations will begin. As Forman stated, Mirotic could be signed for an exception or any available cap space. What if the Bulls offer him the midlevel exception at $5 million a year and he says no? What if he wants more and says that he will stay in Europe if he doesn't get the deal he is seeking? The Bulls believe that Mirotic could develop into a star at the 4, but how much cap space are they willing to give toward his future? The 22-year-old would appear to have most of the leverage in this negotiation. ESPN.com

May 1, 2013 Updates

News out of Europe today that Kostas Papanikolaou, whose rights the Trail Blazers acquired in the deal that sent Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas to the Knicks, has been named the Euroleague's Rising Star Trophy winner for the 2012-13 season. The award goes every year to the best player under the age of 22 competing on a Euroleague team. Papanikolaou narrowly beat out Nikola Mirotic, the 23rd pick in the 2011 Draft, for the award. TrailBlazers.com

April 11, 2013 Updates

Chicago Bulls fans eager for Nikola Mirotic to join the team that drafted him with the 24th pick in 2011 will likely have to wait until the summer of 2014, general manager Gar Forman explained. "You're slotted in the first round, and I think the slot for No. 24 is $1.3 or $1.4 million," Forman said Thursday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "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. Then you can use whether it's exception room or cap room in order to pay a guy. "So there's no possibility this summer because next year will be his third year. But after next year, the summer of 2014, then we'll be able to start some negotiations as far as a buyout possibly with Real Madrid or negotiate with him to come over here." ESPN.com

February 1, 2013 Updates

Sam: Well, let’s just say Mirotic is doing OK. His averages are good, but he’s a very young player there and hardly dominant. He has the chance to become a very good player, but is at least two years from whether he’ll come to the NBA. The fact is there aren’t that many great players there, teams have done this for years, and have you forgotten Dalibor Bagaric, Kornel David, Chris Ansret and Dragan Tarlac? And there was an Orlando lottery pick, Fran Vazquez, who never came to the NBA, so there’s risk as well with second round picks having value now the way guys like Chandler Parsons have come on. NBA.com

January 24, 2013 Updates
December 11, 2012 Updates

A source within an NBA front office told Sheridan Hoops he considers Real Madrid’s Nikola Mirotic to be the best NBA prospect still playing in Europe. I wholeheartedly agree, and that’s why the Bulls would be crazy to part with the Montengrin power forward in a trade for Pau Gasol, or almost anyone else. SheridanHoops

December 5, 2012 Updates

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