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Pelicans acquire Nikola Mirotic for three players and a first-round pick

The New Orleans Pelicans reached an agreement to switch center Omer Asik, bodyguards Tony Allen and Jameer Nelson and a protected first-round pick in 2018 to the Chicago Bulls for forward Nikola Mirotic, a second-round pick and the right-to-play rights. trade second-round picks in the 2021 NBA draft, league sources told ESPN.
The Bulls are expected to release Allen and Nelson, the sources said.
New Orleans agreed to guarantee Mirotic’s $ 12.5 million option in the 2018-19 season, closing the deal, the sources said.
The first round selection has “minimal” protections, the sources said.
The Bulls said Wednesday they would sit Mirotic until the deadline for changes.
The Bulls thought they had made a deal on Tuesday that would have sent Mirotic to the New Orleans Pelicans, but Mirotic and his representatives rejected the agreement, according to one source, because the team’s $ 12.5 million option for the 2018-19 season would not be Guaranteed


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