The NBA Trade Deadline is still just over a month away but there’s a big date approaching for the Chicago Bulls organization.
Monday is the first day the Bulls can trade away forward Nikola Mirotic due to a clause in his contract. There has been some buzz surrounding the Bulls and Mirotic in regards to a trade for a few weeks now.
Mirotic missed the first few weeks of the season after being punched by Bobby Portis in a practice just days before the season opener. The 26-year-old has been reportedly unhappy in Chicago and his camp wants out. A report on Thursday from NBA.com suggested that Mirotic still wanted to be traded.
He soon may get his wish.
According to Brian Hanley of 670 The Score’s “Mully & Hanley” Show, the Bulls will waste no time trading Mirotic and will move him as soon as they can:
Hanley hearing #Bulls will waste no time trading Niko, Almost certain moved Mon.1st day possible. Likely means no Niko V. Det. Ill or not.
— Mully And Hanley (@mullyhanley) January 11, 2018
A report surfaced on Monday afternoon that at least two teams were interested in Mirotic with the Portland Trailblazers possibly being a third.
It wouldn’t shock us to see Mirotic gone right away as the Bulls want to land a first round pick in exchange for him. With the organization rebuilding, grabbing draft picks for a loaded 2018 NBA Draft should be the goal.