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Nikola Mirotic
Nikola Mirotic
Position: -
Born: 02/11/91
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:236 lbs. / 107 kg.
Earnings: $41,631,175 ($43,573,873*)
The rules were simple and were part of the reason that he chose Wade: Morey could only select inactive players through the 2K draft, unless they currently play for the Rockets. So James Harden, shockingly rated at 79 overall, was certainly an option for Morey. And that’s exactly who he took to complement Wade in the backcourt. The Rockets are known for their distinctive small-ball style of play, and Morey took that same approach to the game, though the league had not yet reached that type of modernity yet. Shane Battier (former Rocket) was next, followed by the likes of Nikola Mirotic, Jameer Nelson and Marcus Camby.
Free-agent players such as DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas — who played in the NBA this season — and those who weren’t on NBA rosters this season — JR Smith and Jamal Crawford, for example — are eligible to sign into open roster spots. Teams won’t be allowed to sign international players, such as Nikola Mirotic, who weren’t on NBA rosters this season.
“I wanted to spend free agency while on vacation in Greece with my family. Utah wanted to have a meeting on June 30 to sign me as the first player in free agency,” Mirotic said. “They offered me three years guaranteed, a great contract. I spoke to my wife and she told me to take what made me happy. I took a ticket for two days, a round trip, and I left. I was waiting at the gate of the Thessaloniki airport when I started to think: ‘What do I do at the airport? Why am I not with my family? The NBA?’. I said to myself: ‘Don’t do it Niko. If you go, you will sign.’ I left the airport and went back to the hotel. I told my agent that I wasn’t going to catch the flight and to apologize to Utah for not attending the meeting. “I’m going to take another path, I don’t want to continue in the NBA.”
Utah had targeted Mirotic, a floor-spacing big man, according to league sources. With him off the board, the Jazz turned to Bogdanovic to fill that outside-shooting role. Utah offered a four-year, $73 million contract — more than Indiana was willing to offer, according to league sources familiar with the process — while Bogdanovic relaxed on a beach overseas and his agent handled the negotiations.
Nikola Mirotic: “EuroLeague is increasing its level constantly. There’s a lot of things similar to the NBA. I think there are some things they are copying, which is OK. But EuroLeague is EuroLeague for me, team basketball, not the NBA with more of some individual stats. I missed that, to be honest. Unfortunately, I didn’t win EuroLeague so far. I played two, three Final Fours, I was very close, so the desire is there, the dream to take that title.”
“Normally, when a player of this caliber returns to Europe despite this offer, everyone wonders if he’s coming back just for the money. He has a contract fitting for his quality but those figures that are reported are speculation, not to say lies. The guy is European-oriented, he and his family bought a house in Barcelona,” Pesic said to the TV show “In the Hoop”, per Mozzart Sport.
Teletovic, who played in EuroLeague with Baskonia from 2006 to 2012 before moving to the NBA, was also asked to comment on Nikola Mirotic’s stunning decision to return to Europe by signing with Barcelona. “There will be more and more players who will come back,” Teletovic mentioned. “I don’t understand how young people decide to go because you know that the first three years you will stay on the bench or in the G League.”
The 28-year-old forward also shared that he has grown a lot in the US and was on good squads but missed the European competitions and was looking for his family’s stability: “There have been good years of growth in the United States, the last two – my best two. I played on good teams, but I missed the competition in Europe. The Endesa League, the Euroleague, the Copa del Rey… I was looking for stability for my family. I have been given a very good project and a very good opportunity to come here. “
“I’m just a basketball player, man,” he said. “I don’t have a position. I go out there and just play the game the right way. I like to score the basketball, though. That’s one thing that I do really well. I’m a guy that goes out there and just plays the game. If coach wants to put me at the four or put me at the five, I’ll go play it. I think now in today’s NBA it’s positionless basketball anyway.” Portis intends to bring a toughness to the Knicks, a reputation that has been earned and cultivated. He was suspended for eight games in 2017 for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic in the face, breaking two bones and giving him a concussion, while he was with the Bulls — an incident that will likely end up in the first paragraph of his career summary.
Of the 200 some-players in what NBA executives are calling one of the best free agent classes in history, the Mavericks entered the weekend zeroed in on roughly 15. And of those roughly 15, Walker and less-coveted target Nikola Mirotic (who agreed to terms with Barcelona on the EuroLeague) are the only ones, as of late Saturday, known to be off the board.
But it might actually make more sense to try to bring Mirotic back. A league source thinks he will get offers in the range of $13 to $14 million per season, and the Bucks would need a shooter to replace Middleton’s three-point stroke. Paying Mirotic that price would also allow them to re-sign Brook Lopez with their remaining cap room—since they don’t own his Bird rights, they can’t go over the cap to bring him back.
Storyline: Nikola Mirotic Free Agency
The Bucks have a quandary in the frontcourt with the possibility that big man Brook Lopez was so productive this season that he played himself out of Milwaukee’s price range. We’ll dust off an old Badger favorite as a possibility to help replace him: former Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky. Kaminsky was on the outs for most of the season in Charlotte, and according to sources, the Bucks attempted to trade for him at the deadline but were turned down and eventually acquired Nikola Mirotic. As free agency approaches, expect Milwaukee to have Kaminsky as an option again should the Bucks lose Lopez.
But five other players scored in double figures. Ersan Ilyasova had 17, Nikola Mirotic 15, Malcolm Brogdon 14, George Hill 13 and Khris Middleton 12. The scoring came in all directions from all areas of the floor. The Bucks spread the ball and the scoring. “We want guys that are basketball players that have high IQs that can do, like you said, dribble, pass, shoot, can make reads, make decisions,” Budenholzer said. “We try to develop them. We try and empower them. We try to play a way where they all feel like they can contribute and do things. Hopefully that’s paying off for us, and guys appreciate it. I think they grow and develop here.”
Brogdon, meanwhile, played a key role in helping the Bucks earn the NBA’s best record this season by averaging 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a starter in 64 games. He also shot 42.6 percent from 3-point range. But the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year was sidelined for nearly two months after suffering a plantar fascia tear in his right foot on March 17. Brogdon returned on May 8 and scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in 16 minutes off the bench in the series-clinching victory over the Boston Celtics. While Brogdon could remain a reserve in favor of Nikola Mirotic when the East finals begin, he is finally healthy. “I’d say that I am at 100 percent right now,” Brogdon said.
After missing nearly one month with a fractured left thumb, Nikola Mirotic is expected to be available to play in Game 1 of the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round series against the Detroit Pistons. Mirotic participated in the Bucks’ full practice — including a scrimmage — without pain on Friday. He also participated in a non-contact practice Saturday, with his thumb lightly taped during both practices.
1 year ago via ESPN