UPDATE: The deal was stalled due to contract issues with Nikola Mirotic.
UPDATE No. 2: The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson is reporting that the Bulls and Pelicans have a deal, again. The Bulls will send Nikola Mirotic and a second round pick to New Orleans for Omer Asik, Tony Allen and a 2018 First Round Pick.
So, to recap, the deal, while not final, is being worked to completion with Mirotic and 2nd-round pick headed to Pelicans and Asik and future 1st-round pick coming to Bulls. Option to swap 2nd-round picks in future draft.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 1, 2018
Sources: Chicago has traded forward Nikola Mirotic to New Orleans for Omer Asik, Tony Allen and a first-round draft pick.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 1, 2018
No word yet on if the pick the Bulls are getting back is protected or not.
After weeks of speculation, the Chicago Bulls have finally made a decision on forward Nikola Mirotic.
According to NBC Sports Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill, the Bulls will trade Miortic to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for a 2018 first round pick and Omer Asik.
Goodwill tweeted out the news on Tuesday afternoon:
Hearing Nikola Mirotic will be dealt to New Orleans Pelicans for Omer Asik and first round draft pick, sources tell @NBCSChicago
— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) January 30, 2018
The 31-year-old Asik played two seasons with the Bulls from 2010-12 averaging 2.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. He then signed a deal with the Houston Rockets before joining the Pelicans in 2014.
Asik will be owed $11.3 million in the 2018-19 season and then has a $12 million player option in 2019-20. The Pelicans needed to get out of his contract and had to give up the first round pick to do so.
The Bulls can buyout Asik for $3 million in the final year of his contract.
The pick the Bulls are getting back currently sits at No. 21 overall but could change depending on the Pelicans’ final record.