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Héctor Fernández: "People at Real Madrid know Nikola Mirotic won't play with the Spanish club next season and they are sure he will play with the Chicago Bulls. They are interested in Justin Doellman and Jan Vesely." Onda Cero

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The fantastic run may have a downside for Real, though. The strong play of the team's stars has not gone unnoticed in the NBA. With Nikola Mirotic, the tournament MVP, already widely presumed to be leaving for Chicago next season, now comes news of renewed interest in Rudy Fernandez from the States, with Oklahoma City being one of the teams inquiring about his contract situation, according to a source. HoopsHype

One of John Paxson’s best early moves after being named Bulls general manager was signing Spanish league star Andres Nocioni in 2004. On Wednesday, he talked about the team’s next Spanish league target, 6-10 sharpshooter Nikola Mirotic. “Our intentions, as we talked about, is to try to get him sooner rather than later,” Paxson said. “There’s still a process that we have to go through. He still has a significant buyout with Real Madrid. But there’s a reason we went to such lengths to try to draft him a few years ago.” Arlington Heights Daily Herald

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Hector Fernandez from Onda Cero Radio in Spain described Mirotic as his best friend. “Niko is a winner. He has born for competition. He wants to win in every aspect,” Fernandez said. “He is ready for the NBA adventure for sure. Since he was drafted, he’s been interested in Chicago. He knows everything about the team and also about the city and the number of Serbian people who live there.” Arlington Heights Daily Herald

A European stat line and some YouTube highlights provide only so much insight. For a better picture of Mirotic, we contacted a couple of Spanish journalists who cover him on a regular basis. Fernando Martin from SpanishHoops.com provided a rundown of Mirotic’s skills: “He is a fundamentally sound player. He may not be a highlight type of guy, a player that jumps or dunks every time, but he plays consistently throughout the whole game. He loves to run the court, great basketball IQ, good motor, nice touch near the basket. “Basically, he is good at everything, but in my opinion the skill that makes him so special is his shooting.” Arlington Heights Daily Herald

“Niko is a perfectionist,” Martin said. “Every summer he goes back to Montenegro to train like a hermit with his longtime coach, Jadran Vujacic. Runs up and down the hills, shot drills, everything. “Basketball is his No. 1 priority. He wants to be the best. He is unselfish on the court, but that doesn’t mean he is not ambitious or hungry. He is both. That’s a common mindset in Balkan players.” Arlington Heights Daily Herald

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Nikola Mirotic: What I can tell, and I'm being very honest about this, is that in my soul, in my mind, I still don't know what is going to happen, but I would like very much to make a decision this summer, to know if I will play with the Spanish National Team and if I will go to the NBA. If I stay or if I go. It's January and there is a lot of time left. ABC.es

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Getting Mirotic, who turns 23 next month, to Chicago was never going to be easy, though, not while he is playing for a stable European powerhouse like Real Madrid. Mirotic has a generous contract on hand from Real Madrid that pays him 3.5 million Euros, which, at the current exchange rate, is $4.7 million. The rumor was even floated last month that Real Madrid would offer Mirotic an extension, which would make it all the more difficult for the Bulls to bring him to the NBA. Sporting News

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