If the Pistons trade for Mirotic at that price, Van Gundy will be doing the exact opposite of what I have suggested for the team.
The Nikola Mirotic sweepstakes are heating up well ahead of the National Basketball Association trade deadline. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Mirotic gave the team an ultimatum, asking that one of them be traded. Because he signed a two-year contract in the summer before training camp, he can't be traded until January 15.
Mirotic spent most of the early portion of the season recovering from injuries suffered in a fight against teammate Bobby Portis. The Detroit Pistons are the No.7 seed in the East with just a 1.5-game lead over the No.9 seed. With Chicago sliding in the standings, they should be looking for a couple of picks and bad contracts in return.
If it means giving up a first round pick and/or any other promising assets, do you think the Portland Trail Blazers should trade for Nikola Mirotic?
Mirotić is now averaging 17.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in under 26 minutes this season, and he's shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 46.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 75 percent from the free-throw line. The Bulls got off to a terrible start, and they remain near the bottom of the Eastern Conference Standings with a 14-27 record halfway through the year.
Detroit, for instance, could use another shooter like Mirotic to stretch the floor, and he'd be an upgrade at the least on the team's second unit.
The 6-foot-10 Mirotic leads the Bulls in scoring with 17.4 points despite playing only 25.1 minutes per game. Mirotic is now on a one-year, $12.5 million deal that has a club option worth $12.5 million for the 2018-19 season. Both teams have the first-round 2018 draft selections Chicago is seeking a potential deal, but they'd want to acquire the sharpshooter's services for different reasons.