The Chicago Bulls agreed to terms with forward Nikola Mirotic on Sunday. Yahoo Sports’ Arian Wojnarowski reported that the deal is worth $17 million over three years.
Mirotic was the Bulls’ first round pick (number 23) in the 2011 draft. He has been playing in Europe since then. He was Euroleague’s MVP in 2013 and is considered one of the best European player.
The Bulls bought out Mirotic’s contract with Real Madrid, said to be about $3 million.
Mirotic adds another shooter for the Bulls. He shot 46 percent from threes with Real Madrid last season.
The league’s worst offensive team has added some offensive punch. Mirotic joins Pau Gasol and Doug McDermott as very good shooters that can spread the floor. With a healthy Derrick Rose, those shooters can open up the floor and allow him to break down the defenses. Then they have Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson who can clean up with rebounds.
The Bulls still have some salary cap maneuvering to do. They have until Wednesday to amnesty Carlos Boozer, which is expected. They are also in talks with the Dallas Mavericks to trade Greg Smith to free up cap space. They are also looking to trade Anthony Johnson‘s expiring $1.85 million contract.