Chicago Bulls Trade Nikola Mirotic Prior to NBA Trade Deadline


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Nikola Mirotic

Drawing on more than 27 years of experience buying and selling real estate, Sergio Garcia has served as a sales manager with Chicago Real Estate Leaders since 1995. Outside of his professional pursuits, Sergio Garcia is a passionate fan of the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls.

The NBA trade deadline was February 8, but the Bulls were busy a week earlier as the team dealt forward Nikola Mirotic and a second-round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for center Omer Asik, guards Tony Allen and Jameer Nelson, and a first-round pick. After missing the first 23 games of the 2017-18 season due to broken bones in his face, Mirotic averaged 16.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 25 games for the Bulls.

Asik, meanwhile, made his NBA debut with the Bulls back in 2010, but signed as a free agent with the Houston Rockets in 2012 and was traded to New Orleans two years later. He has struggled to stay healthy in recent years and has yet to play for the Bulls since the trade. Allen was placed on waivers by the Bulls one week after the trade, while Nelson was dealt to the Detroit Pistons for Willie Reed and a 2022 second-round pick. The key to the deal for Chicago was the first-round pick, which it plans to use to continue the rebuilding process it began when it dealt Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves.