December 26, 2017, 8:30 am
Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Nikola Mirotic and his representatives have still made it known to the front office that he’d waive his no-trade clause if it meant being dealt to a playoff contender.
Mirotic and Bobby Portis still haven’t spoken away from the court and it’s possible that they never will at this point in the wake of their practice altercation in October. The Bulls are fine with that because the two are communicating on the court, where it matters the most. Because of how well Mirotic has been playing since his return on December 8th, the Bulls are now taking that option more seriously. Mirotic, coming out of a rigorous strength program in the offseason is averaging a career-best 17.9 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range. This has been one of the most interesting stories in the entire association this year and it’s clear that it’s far from over. Lauri Markkanen looks like a lock to continue starting and a Mirotic trade could only help his case for a strong second half.