Nikola Mirotic figures to be playing in the NBA next season.
According to a report from HoopsHype, Mirotic has made the final decision to come to Chicago and will pay the $3 million buyout from his contract with Real Madrid in Spain.
Source tells HoopsHype Nikola Mirotic’s decision to go to Chicago is final. Will pay contract buyout at more than $3 million.
— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) July 4, 2014
Mirotic and the Bulls have seemingly not been on the same page this off-season.
Last weekend, reports indicated that Mirotic was headed to Chicago and the Bulls were unaware of his looming visit.
While Mirotic is set on coming to Chicago, the Bulls are not currently in the position to sign the 2011 draft pick.
The Bulls are currently in a holding pattern waiting to see if their recruiting efforts for Carmelo Anthony were successful.
Beyond Anthony, the Bulls also have strongly pursued free agent forward Pau Gasol.
Mirotic does not fit into either scenario.
With Anthony, the Bulls need as much money as possible to persuade the all-star to come to Chicago. The Bulls are believed to be offering Anthony a four-year, $70 million contract while the Lakers and Knicks are offering a max-contract. Signing Mirotic now would take away from what the Bulls could offer Anthony.
As for Gasol, the former Laker and Mirotic play the same position. If the Bulls were intent on bring Mirotic over next season then the team would not have pursued Gasol as aggressively as they have this week.
Mirotic could be a trade-chip for the Bulls whether in a sign-and-trade with the Knicks or a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love.