HoopsHype Real Madrid rumors

July 4, 2014 Updates

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

June 29, 2014 Updates

If Nikola Mirotic is truly done with his team in Spain and is headed to the States this week to meet with the Bulls, that was news to the Bulls on Sunday. According to one source, the team had not been informed that Mirotic had grown completely disenchanted with Real Madrid and was ready to wear Bulls red. Chicago Sun-Times

June 22, 2014 Updates
June 11, 2014 Updates

Okay, there were rumors we were talking with Rudy Fernandez agent, and it was clear at the time it wasn't for this postseason. Think that is still a possibility? Darnell Mayberry: I spoke with someone close to Rudy and was told that was a bunch of smoke. Oklahoman

Mirotic would have to pay 2.5 million euros this summer but he wouldn't have to pay almost anything if he leaves in 2015. TuBasket.com

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Given the sizable buyout required to free Mirotic from his Spanish obligations -- and with Chicago able to kick in only $600,000 toward that buyout that wouldn't count against the salary cap -- it's conceivable Chicago might even ask its talented frontcourt prospect to stay abroad for a fourth successive season since he was drafted. It's hard to see how the Bulls could manufacture the needed financial flexibility to add a high-dollar free agent and Mirotic. The good news is 2011's No. 23 overall pick said earlier this month in an interview with Spain's Canal Plus that he's fine with playing one more season in Madrid, which he calls "home for me." ESPN.com

April 28, 2014 Updates
April 8, 2014 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki on if college was a serious option for him, and his path to the NBA: “Yeah, it was, and I had basically two options: It was either college or stay in Europe with a big club. I visited Barcelona, Real Madrid, some of those teams, two teams in Italy and practice there and get better and better and then maybe try to jump in the NBA, and then what happened was I had that huge Hoop Summit game, kind of out of nowhere I came over, when we played the best high school guys in the U.S., and I kind of had 34 or whatever, and that changed everything, I mean, all of a sudden, I had agents calling Holger, and it was nuts just from that one game, I had scouts calling Holger, and numerous colleges—I think I had like 36 college offers. Yeah, it was kind of all in the open, but that one game, that Hoop Summit kind of changed everything, and then I ended up deciding, ‘Hey, let me try the NBA, and if it doesn’t work, I can always come back to Europe and play at a high level for a long, long time. I was a little worried about in college, since I was a seven-footer, that they might just put me in the weight room and lift weights for years straight, not even see the court, and make me strong, make me a back-to-the-basket player … And then I said, ‘Ok, I’ll try the NBA,’ and I was always really to have Nellie my first couple of years. He was perfect for my skill-set with the stretch-four and mismatches and stuff like that, and even in the NBA, it worked out perfectly, because he was the coach in the beginning in Dallas.” Dallas Morning News

April 5, 2014 Updates

Nikola Mirotic: I don't rule out staying with Real Madrid. I have a two-year contract and right now I'm comfortable here. This is home for me. Canal Plus

April 3, 2014 Updates
April 1, 2014 Updates

Does it make sense financially to go to the NBA? Nikola Mirotic: For me the most important thing is hopes and goals. It's not a money thing. I will do what my heart tells me, whatever it's the best for me, go to Chicago or stay in Madrid to improve my game, give something more and build a future. I don't know now, but I'm close to making a decision. As

Has Real Madrid made a good offer? Nikola Mirotic: That question, you would have to ask the club about it. I know they have talked with my agent, but they haven't come to an agreement yet. As

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