HoopsHype Nikola Mirotic rumors
You are the number 1 in our '91 ranking, and your name appears in some NBA mock drafts. Will you declare eligible for it? Nikola Mirotic: I don't want to think about it. I am really concentrated with Real Madrid. I am very proud to be part of this club senior team and I must do all is possible to help. We have really tough contests next weeks so we must put all five senses, in ACB and Euroleague. There are many challenges, and I want to live them with Real Madrid. Eurohopes
Have you ever thought about playing in the NBA? Nikola Mirotic: My mind is here. I don't think about the NBA, my dreams are in Madrid. I want to play a lot of years here. I'm young, I have to work a lot and I must be focused. AS.com
From speaking to members of Mirotic's camp, it doesn't appear that he has a burning desire to leave Spain anytime soon, and it's not even a sure bet that he will be entering this year's draft. He reportedly is more focused on winning championships, becoming a top-level player in Europe and securing his family financially before leaving for the NBA. DraftExpress.com
The biggest drawback from an NBA standpoint is in the likelihood a team will actually be able to bring him over. Mirotic was brought to Spain (from Montenegro, by a Real Madrid scout) when he was just 15 years old and signed a nine-year contract (which has since been redone) with unfavorable terms, as many young players in Europe often are. He still has two more seasons (after this) on his current deal, with a buyout clause that exceeds $2 million, which could be prohibitive for a NBA team. DraftExpress.com
Further complicating the situation is the fact that Mirotic was the recipient of an incredibly valuable Spanish passport last summer, making his value in Spain infinitely higher with the restrictions the ACB places on signing import players. With the way Mirotic is playing at the moment, it's likely that his contract will be restructured to allow him to earn closer to market value. That will likely involve making his exit clause even more prohibitive, not less, though. DraftExpress.com
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