Mirotic headed from Bulls to Pelicans

Mirotic headed from Bulls to Pelicans

Mirotic headed from Bulls to Pelicans

Looking forward, the need to pick up Mirotic's $12.5 million team option was a hang-up with the trade according to Wojnarowski's reporting.

The Bulls are now sixth in the Tankathon rankings, with a 21.9 percent chance of a top-three pick, but not having Mirotic gives them a good chance at losing more. This isn't the deal that gets the Pelicans over the hump, but it should help for now. "I thought Niko handled it really, really well". Overall, the Bulls went 4-22 when Mirotic didn't play, but 14-11 when he was in uniform. Still, New Orleans is in a bind and this is potentially the best-case scenario for salvaging their season. It seems there are a handful of moves that would certainly benefit them both this year and in the future, but as is always said at the trade deadline, it takes two to tango.

Curry averaged 29.5 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 12 games played in January. Sending out Mirotic will likely hurt the Bulls record in the short-term and increase their own lottery odds and the value of their own pick this summer. Would you rather have a first- and second-round pick next year or two first-round picks, which they now have?

This was the initial Team Mirotic was supposed to be traded to on Tuesday before the deal fell apart late.

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I'd say probably not. "It's just consistent with the direction and plan that we had talked about this summer on draft when we made the (Butler) trade".

The Pels owe Asik $10.5 million this season, $11.2 million next season, and an additional $3 million in the 2019-2020 season, according to Wojnarowski's report.

This move is a bit of a gamble for the Pelicans, but it's one they pretty much had to make. It doesn't solve long-term financial issues that may come back to hinder the Pelicans over the next few years, but shedding Asik's contract and getting something back of substance is an achievement on some level. The hold-up for the deal going through was the second year team option on Nikola's contract, but the Pelicans finally opted to guarantee the second year which allowed Chicago to deal Mirotic without his permission in spite of the no-trade clause in his contract. Paxson indicated it was too early to know whether the Bulls may use the stretch provision - a way of spreading out money to waived players over more seasons for salary cap purposes - on Asik down the line. Portis was suspended for eight games.

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