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Timberwolves, Raptors, Bulls … the transfer options for Mirotic

The situation of Nikola Mirotic in the Chicago Bulls is still one of the main current issues in the NBA. The Spanish international is playing his best basketball since he came to the North American league with an average of 17.4 points (46.5% in triples) and 7 rebounds per game. In addition, the whole of Chicago, bottom of the Eastern Conference without him, has 11 wins and six defeats since his return to the courts.
Everything seems ideal, however, the aggression suffered by the player at the hands of his teammate Bobby Portis before the season began has made Mirotic is willing to break his veto clause to a transfer to find a way out to a team with options to win the ring, or at least to play the Playoffs.
As the deadline to make transfers in the NBA is approaching, on February 8, there are many rumors that are generated around the figure of the power forward of Montenegrin origin. In a report for CBS, Chris Barnewall creates five different trading scenarios in which Mirotic could enter from January 15, day in which the player and enter into an exchange.
Minnesota Timberwolves
There, the former Real Madrid player would meet again with his first coach in the NBA, Tom Thibodeau. But this would not be the main reason for the transfer. The Wolves were reinforced this year with the acquisition of Jimmy Butler with the clear goal of entering the Playoffs and fighting for the ring. His ‘Big Three’, with Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns is working and the team is installed in the fourth position of the Western Conference, however, it costs them more to be regular and compete against the ‘big’ teams.
One of the causes of this situation is the low performance of the second unit of the Wolves, and that’s where Mirotic would enter. In Minneapolis they might be willing to get rid of players like Shabazz Muhammad or Gorgui Dieng to get a ‘Niko’ power forward that brings in outside shot and the defensive intensity that is showing in the Bulls. In addition, the option of equipment that Mirotic has in his contract for the next season would allow them to decide on their future.

Toronto Raptors
The Raptors are leading a good season and continue to consolidate in the second place of the Eastern Conference looking closer and closer to the Boston Celtics. Despite this, the Canadian franchise could be interested in some movement to improve its workforce. Mirotic would fit in the team, although for that they would have to dispense with their starting center, Jonas Valanciunas.
In a time when the small-ball predominates, the classic pivots are in danger of extinction and therefore, the Raptors would not look badly on the signing of Mirotic and pass Serge Ibaka, much more mobile than Valanciunas, put of ‘five’. Even Robin Lopez could also be involved in the transfer to arrive as substitute center.
Charlotte Hornets
The team chaired by Michael Jordan is currently far from the Playoffs teams and could look for a movement as a revulsive to try the machado and play the postseason. The Hornets need more productivity from the triple and also get rid of some contratazos as the French Nicolas Batum, whose salary will exceed 24 million dollars next season.
Batum would be an interesting piece for the Bulls, although another player Jeremy Lamb would also be involved. The great but it would be that Mirotic stopped the negotiations because it was not a team with full guarantees to reach Playoffs.

Brooklyn Nets
Same situation as in the Charlotte Hornets, in fact, they even have similar records. Mirotic would go hand-in-hand with the Nets as he is a very talented player in attack and whose contractual situation allows him to decide on his future in the next season.
In this case many scenarios would open. Young players like Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Caris LeVert or Jahlil Okafor could be interesting for the reconstruction of the Bulls, while if what they want in Chicago are immediate performance players, names like DeMarre Carroll or Allen Crabbe would appear. As in the case of the Hornets, Mirotic and its anti-handover clause would have the last word.

Chicago Bulls
The Bulls meanwhile are expectant. On the one hand, the amazing turn of Mirotic has allowed them to look sideways at the Playoffs, although they have it really difficult, while on the other hand, the great performance of the Hispanic-Montenegrin makes it a very desirable piece for some teams in the market.

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