Chicago, Il, United States (4E Sports) – The Chicago Bulls are looking forward to acquire one of Europe’s premiere forwards in Nikola Mirotic. The Real Madrid rising star is now eligible to play in the NBA after the team’s $3M buyout of his contract.
Mirotic was a first round draft pick in the year 2011 by the Houston Rockets, who traded his draft rights to the Minnessota Timberwolves. He was then traded again to the Chicago Bulls.
The Spanish forward won the 2013 ACB League MVP and the Euroleague Rising Star Award in 2011 and 2012. He has previously expressed his excitement about playing for Chicago.
Now, the Bulls are faced with the challenge of bringing the 6-foot-10 forward in the league since Mirotic got drafted three years ago and will no longer be under the rookie salary-cap.
The Bulls can either clear some cap space and do some adjustments to the current roster or pay him $600,000 to contribute to his buyout contract.
This means the team will have a major task in trying to sign Carmelo Anthony due to salary-cap issues if Mirotic nets more than the amount the team will be contributing for his buyout contract.
Power forward Carlos Boozer may also be on the move for the Bulls.
The attempts to sign Anthony and Mirotic could lead to Boozer being released by the team for more cap room or possibilities of a sign and trade deal.