The prevailing thought in NBA circles is that Nikola Mirotic wants out of Chicago, but wants his contract guaranteed for next season. That’s likely going to be the outcome of the situation, but that’s likely changing the value of the deal for the Bulls. The Utah Jazz continue to be the team considered the front-runner to land Mirotic, but they have been unwilling to part with a first-round pick to seal the deal.
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Most league insiders see Bulls forward Nikola Mirotić landing in Utah, however, Bulls sources cautioned that while both sides have gotten pretty far down the road, nothing is close enough to label it likely or unlikely. The Bulls are believed to want a first-round pick in a Mirotić deal, and that does not seem to be something the Jazz are open to.
Marc Stein: The Pistons have joined Utah in expressing trade interest for Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic, according to league sources
The Salt Lake Tribune has confirmed that Utah is engaged in talks with the Chicago Bulls on a deal that would bring power forward Nikola Mirotic to Utah. Multiple NBA sources say nothing is done on either side. But talks are past the preliminary stage and getting serious. ESPN.com first reported Utah’s interest in Mirotic on Monday.
The Bulls are still planning to trade forward Nikola Mirotic, which can’t happen until Jan. 15 or without his permission, based on his contract. Mirotic has been intrigued with the Utah Jazz, whose coach, Quin Snyder, has a reputation of maximizing offensive talent.
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April 19, 2018 | 11:00 pm EDT Update
Chris Mannix: With Mike Budenholzer withdrawing from consideration in Phoenix (per @Adrian Wojnarowski), look for Steve Clifford to interview at some point. Mutual interest, source told @The Vertical.
Manny Navarro: Embiid on his block exchange with Winslow: “It felt great. When he blocked me I didn’t say anything. Good for him. He talked a lot. On the other end, I got him back. You don’t really want to talk trash to me. I’m glad I got him back.”
Jon Johnson: Joel Embiid on Winslow breaking mask:”Little do they know I have about 50 of them. It’s going to take much more than that to get me out of this series. I’m going to be a nightmare for them too.”
Sarah Todd: “We’re not here to make friends we’re here to win a series.” Joel Embiid after saying he’s glad Dario scored late with a lead because he didn’t feel like Dragic got enough “shit” after he did the same in Game 2.
April 19, 2018 | 10:39 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has withdrawn from consideration for the Phoenix Suns head coaching job, league sources tell ESPN.