The Chicago Bulls may be close to adding their first major addition to the roster for the 2014-2015 NBA season.
No, not Carmelo Anthony.
According to a report from ESPN Chicago, the Bulls and 2011 draft day acquisition Nikola Mirotic could be closing in on a contract agreement.
The first step of bringing Mirotic over is nearing completion. Mirotic is in the process of paying the $3 million fee to be bought out of his contract with Real Madrid. The Bulls are believed to be giving $600,000 towards the contract buyout. The $600,000 that the Bulls are giving does not count against the team’s salary cap.
However, the eventual contract that Mirotic signs would count against the Bulls’ salary cap.
Mirotic would undoubtedly be the Bulls’ starting power forward next season assuming the team does not acquire Pau Gasol this summer. If the Bulls do sign Gasol this summer, then Mirotic figures to be a role player off the bench for the team. Mirotic has drawn comparisons to Hedo Turkoglu of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The addition of Mirotic does not eliminate the Bulls from the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. The Bulls are still a legitimate player for Anthony, though, the growing consensus is that Anthony will return to the New York Knicks.
Bulls fans have long been clamoring for Mirotic to be brought over, but with the implications that the move has on the team’s pursuit of Anthony, fans may be disappointed at first by this news.