Pistons interested in Nikola Mirotic trade with Bulls

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The Chicago Bulls appear primed to deal veteran power forward Nikola Mirotic.

Ever since the start of the 2017-2018 season, it's felt like only a matter of time before the Bulls made a move.

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. Portis was suspended for eight games after the incident, but Mirotic missed the first 23 games of the season after suffering two broken bones in his face.

New York Times NBA reporter Marc Stein reported on Tuesday that the Pistons and Jazz are expressing interest in Mirotic. Because he signed a two-year contract in the summer before training camp, he can't be traded until January 15.

Mirotic (illness) will make the trip to NY with the team but is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald reports.

Van Gundy said the Pistons are under the salary cap enough where it wouldn't handicap any of their trade talks, but they're not looking to do a complete roster tear-down to fix their issues now.

The other aspect working in Utah's favor, as I mentioned this morning, is that Mirotic has a no-trade clause in his contract that allows him to turn down a trade destination that he doesn't want to go to.

The Bulls are 6.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. He's also averages seven rebounds per game and is shooting 46.5 percent on 5.9 3-point attempts per game. The Bulls got off to a awful start, and they remain near the bottom of the Eastern Conference Standings with a 14-27 record halfway through the year.

Mirotic signed a two-year contract in September worth a reported $25 million.

The Mirotic news comes as Leuer continues to recover from a severely sprained ankle on October 31, which caused him to miss the last 31 games.

Detroit, for instance, could use another shooter like Mirotic to stretch the floor, and he'd be an upgrade at the least on the team's second unit. Bulls motivated to get 1st round pick for Niko.

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