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01 February, 2018, 02:15
Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago reported the news Wednesday. Mirotic and his representatives didn't like the idea of walking away from a possible guaranteed $12.5 million next season if they give up his no-trade clause, the Sun-Times previously reported. If the Bulls pick up his team option, they can complete the deal without his permission.
A day after a deal with the Pelicans appears to have fallen apart, Mirotic looks to be out of the lineup altogether for Chicago.
Because the Bulls reportedly did not guarantee Mirotic's salary for 2018-19, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that he blocked the transaction.
Mirotic has been with the Bulls since the 2014-2015 season and at the moment is enjoying one of his best stretches with the team.
Should Mirotic continue performing at his current level, he would be well worth the money. Considering that Mirotic is averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 rebound a game, that didn't seem to be a surprise even if a trade somewhere else was expected. The Bulls have been a markedly better team since he returned from a preseason injury that he suffered in a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice. "We're discussing. We're thinking". I think everyone is looking to, "if we do this, it could put us in the playoffs" or "if we do this, it could put us in a home court playoff situation" so I think there's a lot of different reason why people are in the process of trying to make trades.
For a deal to be completed, the Pelicans and Bulls would have to complete a trade package to offset Mirotic's potential $12.5 million option, which is expected include Asik's contract worth almost $25 million through the 2019-20 season and the first-round pick.