Should the Portland Trail Blazers trade for Nikola Mirotic?


Despite the team's recent surge up the standings, Nikola Mirotić still wants the Chicago Bulls to ship him elsewhere once he becomes trade-eligible on January 15, and he may have already singled out a potential landing spot.

There is mutual interest between the Jazz and Mirotic - picture him in a pick-and-pop with Donovan Mitchel - but now reports of a second team come in from Marc Stein of The New York Times and K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

The 26-year-old is shooting lights out this season, converting on 48.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 46.5 from beyond the arc. Bobby Portis gave Mirotic multiple facial fractures and a concussion after a fight in practice in October, forcing Mirotic to miss almost two months.

The Bulls plan to trade Mirotic ahead of the February 8 trade deadline, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

His stock is as high as it has ever been and the Bulls can officially trade him beginning January 15 based terms of his contract.

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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.

The Bulls started 3-20 while Mirotic recovered, but upon his return on December 8, Chicago proceeded to win seven in a row.

Utah is 4.5 games out of the playoffs as the Western Conference's No.10 seed, while Portland is the No.6 seed at three games above.500. And besides, Mirotic still wants out of Chicago so he's likely to go somewhere.

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. The No.7 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft is averaging 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in his first season. 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. There's a team option, also for $12.5 million, for 2018-19.