Bulls

Gar Forman optimistic that Nikola Mirotic will return

The Bulls have been relatively quiet since dropping their Draft Day bomb. 

The front office hasn't spent big in free agency or indicated a Dwyane Wade buyout was imminent, instead opting for low-cost moves and commitment to the future. 

Whether Nikola Mirotic is in those future plans remains to be seen, but general manager Gar Forman projected optimism when asked on Monday if he sees the Bulls agreeing to terms with the 26-year-old forward. 

"We want Niko back, and we think Niko wants to be in Chicago," Forman said. "When you have those two things at the end of the day, there's usually a way to get something done." 

The market on the three-year vet remains a mystery, with no NBA teams stepping up to make a serious run. Whether that ultimately helps Gar/Pax in negotiations is also a question mark, but it's certainly looking more and more likely that Mirotic will end up on Fred Hoiberg's roster. 

Last season, Mirotic shot 41 percent from the field and 34 percent from behind the 3-point line. He averaged 11 points and five rebounds over 24 minutes per game. 

While the Bulls expected - and frankly needed - more from their stretch-four, Mirotic did show flashes. In March, he shot over 40 percent from deep, scoring 15 points per contest. 

Mirotic-Markkanen frontcourt?