The Chicago Bulls have finally got their man. He’s not Melo or Love, but Nikola Mirotic will be in the NBA this year and that is quite exciting in and of itself. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Mirotic will sign a three-year deal worth approximately $17 million.
With a sign-and-trade for Pau Gasol apparently not in the cards, the Bulls will have to amnesty Carlos Boozer to sign Gasol and Mirotic, or at least trade him for no returning salary. Signing Gasol would leave the Bulls with somewhere in the neighborhood of $4.6 million in cap space after Greg Smith was dumped on the Mavericks, but Mirotic could only be getting $17 million in three years if his first-year salary was more like $5.6 million. So presumably there’s another move coming, probably with Anthony Randolph being shipped out.
Regardless, the Bulls seem fairly confident to have agreed to terms with Mirotic already, so I would imagine they’ve got things under control. In the meantime, it’s enough to know that Mirotic will provide shooting from the power forward position and presumably play a lot with his countryman Gasol. Until then, if you want to see him in action, go check out his scouting report from Draft Express. Or go hunting on YouTube. Either or.