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Report: Bulls reach three-year, $17 million deal to bring Nikola Mirotic over

Jul 13, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

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Nikola Mirotic is one of Europe’s best big men, a star at Real Madrid that Bulls fans have been drooling over from a distance.

Next year they will see what he’s got in person.

As expected he is coming over next season and the Bulls have reached a deal with him, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Nikola Mirotic – considered the best player in European basketball – has reached agreement on a three-year, $17 million contract with the Chicago Bulls, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Mirotic, a 6-foot-10 forward, was the Spanish League MVP in the 2013 season and brings a well-regarded offensive game to Chicago.

Mirotic himself confirmed it.

Mirotic joins an impressive front line — Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol will start, now they can bring Taj Gibson and Mirotic off the bench.

DraftExpress has a nice scouting report up. Mirotic is a 6’10” power forward who is a pure shooter — he shot 46 percent from three last season and is a fantastic pick-and-pop partner. He moves well for a big man, although coming to the NBA will have him going against the kind of athletes he’s not used to seeing and that will be an adjustment. He can score in a variety of ways and he’s a solid defender. The question isn’t the skill set, just how he adjusts to the NBA game and athleticism (ask Tiago Splitter, another star in Europe, how that takes a little time). Having Gasol there to talk to in Chicago will help that adjustment.

That said, this is a quality signing for the Bulls at a fair price — and he steps right onto one of the best teams in the East and into an impressive front line rotation.

  1. mackcarrington - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Is this now the best front line in the East?

    • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Well this guy is more like tall Small Forward. He’s kind of like Hedo Turkoglu mixed with Steve Novak. No post game. Not a good rebounder. So he’s not really a “big.”

    • dezglobal - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      I remember when Darko Milicic was “widely considered the best basketball player in europe.”

  2. chicagosports2014 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    WELCOME HOME NIKOLA MIROTIC, CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU HOOP!!!!!!!!!!

    🏀

  3. patfic5 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    And with D Rose hopefully back by the playoffs, the Bulls will be a tough team to beat.

    • blueintown - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      You know he’s going to be ready for the regular seaso opener, right? Or are you just accounting for the inevitable November knee explosion?

    • blueintown - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      You know he’s going to be ready for the regular season opener, right? Or are you just accounting for the inevitable November knee explosion?

      • blueintown - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        That comment was so good I posted it twice. Thumbs down if you agree!

      • patfic5 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        I just hope his muscle memory is ok.

    • mackcarrington - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Back by the playoffs? He’s playing for Team USA this summer.

  4. campcouch - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    So once again,why sign Gasol? Gibson seems to be waiting to explode full-time and apparently Mirotic is some kind of beast. That Gasol money and spot could’ve been used elsewhere OR they should’ve packaged the still bench player Gibson for a player or picks.

  5. sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Perfect for this kid to have Pau there in so many ways.

    Da Bulls!

    Looking forward to when the Bulls play the Cavs… and the Knicks… and the Lakers… and the Heat…

    We can let what happens on the court do the talking instead of all of us carping and whining incessantly.

    • chicitybulls - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      “We can let what happens on the court do the talking instead of all of us carping and whining incessantly.”

      Amen. Although that wont stop some people still.

  6. antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    The Bulls have cornered the market on soft Euro bigs.

    • money2long - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Bosh is on the heat.

    • mazblast - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Some “soft Euro bigs” can play well in the NBA (both Gasols, Nowitzki) by adapting their game. Many can’t.

  7. bronx77 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    It’s not just the best front line in the east. It’s the best team in the east.

  8. naterich21 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    No insurance at the guard spot, Bulls are going to disappoint again. The writing is on the wall

    • jayhit - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Hinrich just resigned and they are trying to get DJ back…. Although DJ has a 2 year offer from Detroit on the table…. they still have some money to sign a SG, especially if they work out a sign and trade for boozer and gasol with LA. Thats why Gasol is waiting to sign see if they can work out a sign and trade

  9. chicitybulls - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    I like this signing. Depth along the front line and more shooting to go along with McDermott, Snell (who both shot really well in summer league tonight), Dunleavy and even Kirk and Rose and Butler.

  10. lakerade - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    The Bulls are going to have some nice depth to go along with more firepower, excited to see it on the court and how a healthy Rose can use it all.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      They’ve always had nice depth. Everything hinges on Rose. If he can’t get back to form they’re going to have the same issues they’ve had the last two seasons. Or has it been three seasons? How long has Rose been out again?

  11. bronx77 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    He’s been out so long that people forgot how good he was. If he returns to form…the bulls have the best squad in the east. It’s not even close.

    East
    1.Bulls
    2.Cavaliers
    3. Bobcats
    4. Wizards
    5. Raptors
    6. Knicks
    7. Heat
    8. Nets

    West
    1. Thunder
    2. Spurs
    3. Clippers
    4. Warriors
    5. Nuggets
    6. Rockets
    7. Mavericks
    8. Grizzlies

    Bulls vs thunder in finals
    Thunder in 7

    • mazblast - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      Pacers from first to out of the playoffs in one year? Knicks in the playoffs?

  12. themagicfanguy - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    Who’re the Bobcats? Stop putting imaginary teams in you’re rankings.

  13. bronx77 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    That’s my fault. Still not used to that. The Hornets.

  14. bronx77 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    I think the pacers are still in the middle of imploding. They may not fall all the way out of the playoffs. But I think they will not be contenders next year. They have a good coach, but I believe his message may be getting stale. They need to shake up their roster somehow for me to feel like they will be a different team then I saw last year in second half of season. I could be totally wrong, but I didn’t want to be boring with a list of obvious teams.

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