The price is right: why the Bulls need to move Nikola Mirotic

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Hello Bulls fans,

There have been several reports that surfaced saying Nikola Mirotic will be traded sooner than later. After his fight with Bobby Portis before the start of the season there was no possible way these two can coexist on the same team right? Well after Bobby returned from his suspension and once Nikola fully recovered from being punched in the face, the two gave the Bulls a boost out of the Eastern Conference cellar.

It’s abundantly clear the Chicago Bulls are in full rebuild mode and are trying to secure a high draft assets in teh future. This upcoming draft is being compared to the 2003 draft class that had the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chis Bosh picked in the top 5. If the hype is real then it would be wise to try and be in a position to secure a top 5 pick in 2018. Mirotic has been playing very well since coming back from injury; in fact some would say he’s playing like how the franchise envisioned he would play when they brought him from overseas a few years ago.

During the 2011 NBA Draft the Bulls took guard Norris Cole at No. 28, but traded him and the No. 43 pick (UCLA guard Malcolm Lee) to Minnesota for the rights to Mirotic, whom Houston took at No. 23 and had dealt to the Timberwolves. It's ironic that we finessed Minnesota on draft night on more than one occasion. Bulls general manager Gar Forman said the organization would have no problem keeping a player in Europe for a few years to develop before bringing him over to play with the organization.

Mirotic started off slow when he began with the Bulls in 2014, but he ended up having a pretty good debut year,  finishing second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Andrew Wiggins. He averaged a mere 10 points a game that season but led the NBA in scoring in the 4th quarter during the month of March. He also averaged 20 points a game that month.

His 2015 and 2016 seasons were both inconsistent to say the least, and those inconsistencies have followed him throughout his Bulls career. The Bulls were in need of a dynamic scoring option at the power forward position to keep up with new style of play in the NBA, but Mirotic never blossomed into a reliable scoring option.

It would be very wise for the Bulls to move on from him now while he’s actually on a hot streak. Yes the team is playing well with him and it’s exciting to watch, but history tends to repeat itself. The Utah Jazz are reportedly very interested in making a deal for Nikola Mirotic, so are the Pistons according to NY Times writer Marc Stein. and this might be a great way to get some good value for a player who is playing at a peak level currently. This is also a good way to ensure the tank continues for one of the top 5 picks in the 2018 NBA Draft.