Report: Nikola Mirotic could be headed to NBA, Bulls

Report: Nikola Mirotic could be headed to NBA, Bulls
June 28, 2014, 7:00 pm
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CSN Staff

At Thursday's NBA Draft press conference, general manager Gar Forman said he wasn't sure if Nikola Mirotic would play in the NBA for the Bulls this summer or next summer.

Saturday some clarity may have been provided.

According to an article published by 24segundosenblanco, a website covering the Real Madrid baskeball team Mirotic plays for, the 23-year-old forward will play in the NBA this season and that his departure from Spain is "imminent."

The Bulls, who hold his NBA rights after trading for him in the 2011 draft, can pay $600,000 toward his buyout, which is a reported $3 million.

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It's unknown how Mirotic would play into the Bulls' plans this upcoming season if he indeed does come over from Spain. He could sign with the Bulls and provide them with a solid body off the bench, or he could be used as sign-and-trade bait in a potential deal for Carmelo Anthony.

Forman also noted Thursday that the Bulls are taking into account many different scenarios of how the summer could play out. It's a good bet that a few of those scenarios included bringing Mirotic over, and it's looking more like that will happen sometime next month.