Pistons, Jazz Interested In Deal With Bulls

Pistons, Jazz Interested In Deal With Bulls

One name expected to be on the move before the February 8 deadline is Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic.

If you're going to bet on one guy to get traded before the February 8 deadline, it should be Mirotic.

The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson has also reported that the Jazz have expressed "preliminary interest" in the forward, but nothing is imminent. However, Mirotic can't be traded until January 15, when restrictions are lifted as a result of him signing as a restricted free agent over the summer.

It has been announced that the Detroit Pistons and possibly the Portland Trail Blazers are also looking to join the hunt for the capable stretch-four big man.

Utah (16-24) sits 10th in the Western Conference, but is only 4 1/2 games behind the New Orleans Pelicans for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Pistons (21-18) have lost five in a row on the road and visit Brooklyn Wednesday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) and Chicago Saturday (8 p.m., FSD). Chicago collected seven straight wins from December 8-20 upon Mirotic returning from injuries suffered in the altercation. He leads the team with 17.4 points per game.

"Executive vice president John Paxson has made clear the team won't trade Mirotic simply to acquiesce to his desire to be elsewhere in the wake of the Bobby Portis' incident", he added.

The Chicago Bulls have cooled off after winning 9 of 11 games and now find themselves at 14-27 on the year and losers of two-straight. He's averaging a career-high 17.4 points this season, and with the Bulls clearly in a rebuilding phase, it's very likely the 26-year-old is dealt prior to the February 8 trade deadline. Andre Drummond and Tobias Harris are having massive seasons for the Pistons up front, but Mirotic's 3-point shooting ability from the wing would bolster an already steady attack. Defensively, however, would be a whole separate discussion, as it would give the Timberwolves two below-average defensive players in their frontcourt in Mirotic and Karl-Anthony Towns. The second year of the deal is a team option, making him an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019. Bulls motivated to get 1st round pick for Niko.

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