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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July 22, 2018 | 9:38 pm EDT Update
Turkish side Tofas Bursa is targeting a former NBA big man for their roster. Tofas Bursa, in fact, is in negotiation with American big man Jeff Withey, who started last season with the Dallas Mavericks, a source told Sportando. The two sides haven’t reached an agreement yet but Tofas is confident that the negotiation will have a positive ending, a source told Sportando.
July 22, 2018 | 7:13 pm EDT Update
So Leonard will zip up his parka, play an obligatory season with the Raptors, respectfully decline their offer for a long-term supermax contract and bid adieu to the Great White North next summer … just as the Lakers, who conspicuously have been signing free agents to one-year contracts, clear salary cap space for him to join LeBron James. Right? That’s the off-the-rack take. Here’s what someone who knows Leonard as well as anybody told me privately: “He’s going to fall in love with Toronto – it’s going to happen. He’s not going to leave, I’m telling you.”