HoopsHype Nikola Mirotic rumors

October 10, 2012 Updates

"I like his game," Randolph said. "The kid can play. He has to come into his own. But that kid has a shot. I don't think he's physical enough to be in the NBA as a power forward or center as of now. But he can play small forward the way he shoots. He can move real well. I didn't see a lot of ball-handling skills, but he'll be all right." Mirotic, 21, is expected to play for Real Madrid for at least two more seasons. But Bulls management remains extremely high on the 6-foot-10 forward who averaged 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in Real Madrid's two exhibition games stateside against the Grizzlies and Raptors. "He can shoot," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said. "He knows how to play. It's about getting stronger and learning the NBA game. It's so much more aggressive and physical. Over (in Europe), guys just stay on the perimeter and shoot. Chicago Tribune

October 8, 2012 Updates
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"The Bulls came to see me a couple of times last season and we went out to have dinner and talk, and I guess this upcoming season the same will happen again. They know my situation and they respect my contract. I have a contract with Real Madrid to play this season and three more years, but I have a buyout to leave the club and play in the NBA." Marca.com

August 21, 2012 Updates
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Danilo Mitrovic, Montenegro National Team director, on Bulls draftee Nikola Mirotic: "In my opinion, Mirotic is a bit angry at the Spanish Basketball Federation because he was not on the National Team for the Olympics. His place was given Serge Ibaka and this is why he was probably upset. I tried to contact him, but I could not get ahold of his phone number. I contacted FIBA, where I was told that the Mirotic must submit a request in writing and that way get a permission to play for Montenegro National Team. When he was registered by the Spanish Basketball Federation, there were many irregularities and the Spanish Federation had to pay a fine because of that." Kosarka.si

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Inside the Berto Center, the Bulls say the same thing. Mirotic's contract with Real Madrid runs through 2015 with a buyout of about $2.5 million. The earliest Mirotic would leave Spain for the Bulls appears to be before the 2013-14 season, but many projections have 2014-15 circled on Bulls general manager Gar Forman's calendar. With so much roster uncertainty in the wake of Derrick Rose's injury, sooner is better for the Bulls to start determining whether they have the next Toni Kukoc or Dirk Nowitzki. In his first comments to a Chicago newspaper since the Bulls traded for the rights to the 2011 first-round draft pick, Mirotic committed only to taking the prudent, patient path to a city he has yet to visit. "I can't tell you right now when, but for sure I want to be totally ready when I take that step,'' Mirotic told the Tribune. "Currently I have a contract with Real Madrid and personal and team goals that I'd like to achieve. I want to improve as a player, and to get this goal (of playing for the Bulls), it's not advisable to go fast.'' Chicago Tribune

How would you describe your feelings about playing in Chicago one day? Mirotic: I really like the Bulls. They have a great history and tradition and legends. They're young and talented and have a big future. What would you say to anybody wondering if you are ready for NBA competition? I'd tell them I want to be at a higher level before going to the NBA. I had a good year but can make things better. I need to improve physically and develop my skills. I have to be an important player in Europe before thinking about the possibility of the NBA. Chicago Tribune

June 18, 2012 Updates

Nikola Mirotic's plans with the Bulls: "He'll remain under contract with Real Madrid for the next couple years, but it's certainly our goal and our expectations that Nikola will be in a Chicago Bulls uniform somewhere down the line." ESPN.com

June 14, 2012 Updates

Another big man who is in Chicago’s long term plans is Nikola Mirotic. Acquired in a draft night deal last summer, the 21-year old forward is currently a member of the Euroleague’s Real Madrid. NBA.com

As for when Mirotic might be added to the Bulls roster, it likely will not be before the 2014-15 NBA season. “He’ll remain under contract with Real Madrid for the next couple years,” stated Forman. “But it’s certainly our goal and our expectation that Nikola will be in a Chicago Bulls uniform somewhere down the line. We’ll continue to monitor his progress and feel really good about the development that’s taking place. NBA.com

May 17, 2012 Updates

(Bulls draftee) Nikola Mirotic will be out for at least 10 days due to an ankle sprain. He will miss the quarter finals of the Liga Endesa Playoffs. Marca.com

May 11, 2012 Updates

Sam: The issue with Mirotic’s contract is for three years he is slotted as a low No. 1 pick, which means he can earn a maximum of $1 million. He has a buyout in his contract of supposedly several million dollars, of which the Bulls can contribute $300,000 or $500,000. Plus he makes several million dollars a season. So to come to the NBA anytime before the 2014-15 season could cost him up to $3 million to $5 million a year out of his pocket. Why exactly would he do that? He wouldn’t, of course. After the 2013-14 seasons, the rules change and the Bulls can pay him more and then you can begin talking about him. The NBA won’t see him until at least then. NBA.com

April 19, 2012 Updates

International scout Ivica Dukan has a longstanding relationship with Real Madrid officials, so the Bulls have been closely monitoring Mirotic's progress. Though Mirotic's contract includes a buyout of roughly 2 million euros, the Bulls sounded confident they eventually would land him when they acquired his rights. "In our speaking with him, his desire and dream is to play in the NBA at some point," general manager said in June. Forman called Mirotic a 6-foot-10 power forward with "a great offensive package" in June. Mirotic has an outside shot at making the Spanish Olympic team despite his youth. Chicago Tribune

April 18, 2012 Updates

The Euroleague Rising Star Trophy has a repeat winner for the first time! Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic, whose breakout a year ago earned him the vote of Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches, is the Rising Star Trophy winner once again after dramatically improving his output this season. If last season Mirotic rose from a prospect to an important contributor for Los Blancos, this season he took the next step as a full-time starter and bona fide star. It was a season full of firsts for the 21-year-old forward. After just 10 weeks, Mirotic had notched his first Euroleague double-double, his first weekly bwin MVP honor and his first bwin MVP of the month award, for December. Despite being its youngest regular player, Mirotic led Madrid in performance index rating, 14.6 per game, and ranked among the team's top three in scoring, shooting percentage from all ranges, rebounding, steals and fouls drawn. Moreover, he was the Euroleague's single best free throw shooter, making 56 of 61 tries for a 91.8% accuracy rate, while ranking ninth overall in performance index rating. Euroleague.net

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