LAS VEGAS — CSNChicago.com reported last week that a deal between the Bulls and their 2011 first-round draft pick, Nikola Mirotic, was imminent and Sunday afternoon, the 23-year-old Spanish forward broke the news that he’s coming to Chicago himself.
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Additionally, Yahoo! Sports reported that the stretch power forward will sign a three-year, $17-million deal to play for the team that drafted him 23rd in 2011, acquiring him via a trade with Houston.
Beyond Mirotic — who had a $3 million buyout with his Spanish club team Real Madrid, of which the Bulls could contribute an NBA-mandated $600,000 — the Bulls have been busy over the weekend with the addition of veteran power forward Pau Gasol, a fellow Spaniard, and floor general Kirk Hinrich re-signing with the team.
The organization will have to make a decision about Carlos Boozer, either amnestying the much-maligned power forward, who is owed nearly $17 million in the final year of his contract, by Wednesday’s deadline or finding a trade partner.