The NBA trade deadline is one month away. One name expected to be on the move before the February 8 deadline is Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic.
“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,” Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN wrote. “Mirotic has been intrigued with the Utah Jazz, whose coach, Quin Snyder, has a reputation for maximizing offensive talent.”
Mirotic spent most of the early portion of the season recovering from injuries suffered in a fight against teammate Bobby Portis. While he does need to approve a trade, Mirotic has requested one, so that doesn’t seem like such a huge obstacle.
In 17 games, Mirotic has averaged 17.4 points and seven rebounds per game. He has shot 48.6% from the field, 46.5% on threes, and at 75% from the free throw line.
The Bulls are 6.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. As such, Chicago is a definitive seller, or should be. For the aforementioned Jazz to make the playoffs, they’ll likely need to act fast. While it doesn’t have as many teams in its way as Chicago, Utah is four spots out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot.