The Pelicans-Bulls Trade Involving Nikola Mirotic Is Back On

Report: Utah Jazz hoping to acquire Nikola Mirotic after his Pelicans trade collapses

Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania reported that Tony Allen would be included in the deal, and Woj later added that Jameer Nelson would be included. The Bulls will be receiving Omer Asik and a future first-round pick as part of the package.

The Montenegro-born Spaniard reportedly rejected a proposed trade to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday because the Pelicans wouldn't commit to picking up his $12.5 million option for next season.

The Bulls' wheeling and dealing will not stop there, according to a report. "They never backed off that stance one bit".

Mirotic, 26, is in his fourth season in the National Basketball Association and he has career averages of 11.4 points and 5.4 rebounds.

The Rockets have an open roster spot, and adding a player via free agency appears more likely than making a trade before the February 8 deadline, given Houston's lack of attractive pieces they'd be willing to move. He's the only active player from the Balkan country, with the most recently retired native being Nikola Pekovic, who last played in the league in 2016.

However, there's a little more to this trade, per Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Bulls could've eliminated Mirotic's no-trade clause by picking up his option for next season.

Mirotic returned to the court on December 8th and since has inspired a 15-12 run which has lifted the Bulls to 12th.

"For a trade to be completed, Mirotic would have to approve a deal that didn't include a guarantee on his 2018-19 salary". Whatever ends up being the case there, it's a near certainty that New Orleans will soon have a versatile and risky frontcourt regardless of who starts and who comes off the bench as they look to make some noise in the Western Conference playoff race.

"The draft asset we acquired in this deal was far and away the best thing we had [going in talks]", Paxson said.

Maybe Bulls management wonks believed Mirotic desperately wanted to bolt Chicago after suffering a concussion and broken facial bones as a result of Bobby Portis' punch and subsequent demand that the team trade him or Portis.

Even playing well didn't satisfy Mirotic, however. Coincidentally, the Bulls waived Pondexter to make room for the incoming players.

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