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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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HoopsHype.com was the first to report over the weekend that Bulls officials arranged a Saturday sit-down with Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic. Sources close to the situation later told ESPN.com that the Bulls are indeed doing everything they can on the buyout front to be able to bring Mirotic to the NBA next season after taking him in the first round of the 2011 draft. Then on Monday, Chicago unexpectedly released veteran point guard Mike James, who made the Bulls' roster out of training camp to provide coach Tom Thibodeau with an experienced hand whenever needed for spot duty behind Rose. But with Rose sidelined again and Chicago's short- and long-term aspirations in flux as a result, management has abruptly decided to release the 38-year-old to ensure that unproven youngsters Marquis Teague and newly acquired D.J. Augustin get as many minutes as possible. ESPN.com

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

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