Will he stay or will he go?
After the Bulls-Pelicans deal looked about signed, sealed and delivered, NBC Sports Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill reported that the trade that would send Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic to New Orleans for former Bull Omer Asik and a first-round pick “hit a snag.”
So for now, we wait. But this doesn’t mean the deal is dead, Goodwill said.
“Basically, this trade was at the 2-yard line,” Goodwill said.
The team is travelling to Portland for a three-game road trip, and Mirotic is on the way there.
Mirotic has a no-trade clause, but with a $12.5 million option due to him next season, Goodwill believes Mirotic wants the Pelicans or any other team to pick that up and provide him financial security for another year.
But the Pelicans have the right to be hesitant as they are a small-market team that is also trying to juggle the salaries of DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday.
The trade is out of the Bulls’ hands right now and it’s on Mirotic and the Pelicans to come to a decision.