Pistons, Jazz interested in Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic


If you're going to bet on one guy to get traded before the February 8 deadline, it should be Mirotic.

The Detroit Pistons are reportedly interested in trading for Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic. If he really thinks playing in Utah for Quin Snyder is his best option, which Adrian Wojnarowski vaguely alluded to, then Mirotic could try to push the issue and demand that Chicago move him to the Jazz.

Mirotic can not be traded until January 15 because of his contract situation last offseason.

Despite the team's recent surge up the standings, Nikola Mirotić still wants the Chicago Bulls to ship him elsewhere once he becomes trade-eligible on January 15, and he may have already singled out a potential landing spot. He also dropped a nugget that the Bulls are looking to land a first round pick for Mirotic. Chicago collected seven straight wins from December 8-20 upon Mirotic returning from injuries suffered in the altercation.

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With the Bulls in rebuild mode, teams in need of scoring have their eyes on the 26-year-old forward, who is averaging a career-high 17.4 points this season.

So while the Mirotic to Utah idea shouldn't be considered a closed door, there's certainly some obstacles that have arisen. This would make the deal a lot easier to swallow on Utah's end, but also likely wouldn't be enough to "trick" Chicago into pulling the trigger on supposed first round picks. They're 21-18 and in seventh place in the East approaching the midway point of the season, but 7-12 since a strong start.

The Bulls are 6.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Andre Drummond and Tobias Harris are having massive seasons for the Pistons up front, but Mirotic's 3-point shooting ability from the wing would bolster an already steady attack. The Jazz fell off the pace when rim protector Rudy Gobert went down with an injury early in the year, and it will be an uphill battle for the team to remain in contention.

Trades are bound to happen sooner or later, and when the clock ticks, players lose value and teams lose leverage, so they need to make some fast moves in order to get the most out of the few assets they now own.