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Nicola Mirotic to forgo NBA, reportedly set to sign with Barcelona in EuroLeague


MILWAUKEE, WI -MARCH 18: Nikola Mirotic #41 of the Milwaukee Bucks poses for a portrait on March 18, 2019 at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

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In a league where stretch fours are highly coveted players, five-year NBA veteran Nikola Mirotic had a market in the NBA this summer. After the top-tier of free agents shook out, Mirotic’s phone was going to ring.

He’s passing on all that and heading back to Europe to play for Barcelona.

The first reports came out of the Spanish sports publication Diario SPORT.

That has since been confirmed by sources here in the United States.

Some players prefer the European lifestyle and pace, but the money in the NBA makes it hard to turn down — Mirotic made $41.6 million in his five NBA seasons.

Mirotic has chosen what is most important to him, he’s going to win a lot of games in Spain, eat great tapas, and hopefully get to live the life he wanted.