HoopsHype Nikola Mirotic rumors

July 15, 2014 Updates
July 14, 2014 Updates

From studying in-depth film, speaking with my connections in European basketball, and reading scouting reports of NBA execs that I have a great deal of respect for, all arrows point towards Mirotic becoming a legitimate star in the NBA and possibly truly being the Next Great European. Time will be the true judge, but Mirotic possesses all the intangibles of what it takes to become a household name – height, IQ, elite shooting ability, deceptive athleticism, and defensive toughness. HoopsHype

July 13, 2014 Updates

As for Anthony, league sources said he delayed his decision because he understood how strong the fit was for him in Chicago basketball-wise. He also connected with the organization during his in-person Chicago visit on July 1, particularly at a dinner with Gibson, Joakim Noah, Scottie Pippen and team Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, among others. Signing him with cap space means the Bulls will have to get creative to add Mirotic and address perimeter depth. An amnesty of Boozer gives the Bulls roughly $10.3 million of space, much of that earmarked for Gasol. Chicago Tribune

Mirotic recently worked out a buyout with Real Madrid, and the Bulls sound ready to find a way to make it all work. After finalizing the deal for Pau Gasol, their focus will turn back to Mirotic so that he will be ready to come over for the upcoming season. "[Executive VP of basketball operations] John [Paxson] and [general manager] Gar [Forman] have been in contact with him for a long time because we have his draft rights," Thibodeau said before the Bulls' first summer league game on Saturday night. "Hopefully, something will be worked out. At some point, he will hopefully come, then we'll see where he is." ESPN.com

July 12, 2014 Updates
July 10, 2014 Updates

Although the Bulls have also expressed varying degrees of interest to other free agents, from Houston small forward Chandler Parsons, who Wednesday night agreed to a reported three-year, $45-million offer sheet with Dallas, to Washington’s Trevor Ariza, a more likely new addition is 2011 first-round draft pick Nikola Mirotic. According to a league source, a deal with the 23-year-old Spanish forward is “almost done” and because Mirotic’s $3-million buyout to Spain’s Real Madrid (of which the Bulls can contribute $600,000) can be paid over time, his annual salary might not significantly affect the franchise’s salary cap. CSN Chicago

July 5, 2014 Updates

One source said Friday that Mirotic is hoping for assurances from the Bulls that he won't be traded before completing his roughly $3.4 million buyout from Real Madrid. But given how highly the Bulls have spoken of him since they sent two draft picks and cash to the Timberwolves for his draft rights in 2011, that seems a formality. Chicago Tribune

Per league rules, the Bulls can contribute up to $600,000 of Mirotic's buyout without that amount going on their books. Exceeding that would be considered a signing bonus and would take away valuable salary-cap space. That's space the Bulls most want to use to sign Anthony. Chicago Tribune

July 4, 2014 Updates

After one Bulls source downplayed Mirotic’s arrival earlier in the week — most likely because of the Anthony buzz — another source said Friday that the team now feels confident that something is close to getting done with the 23-year-old Mirotic, especially after the 6-10 forward had a $3 million buyout with Real Madrid paid. Chicago Sun-Times

Mark Deeks: Bulls can pay $600k of Mirotic's buyout w'out it going on cap. They can pay the rest if they want but it goes on the cap as a signing bonus. Twitter @MarkDeeksNBA

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