The Chicago Bulls aren’t looking to make any big trades now or in the offseason but they are looking to make a big move for a big man in bringing over former first round draft pick Nikola Mirotic from Spain. But while the Bulls are hellbent on getting Mirotic over to the NBA this offseason, his team in Spain isn’t onboard with that plan and are looking to block the Bulls by signing Mirotic to a contract extension.
According to the Spanish site Marca.com, Mirotic’s current team Real Madrid is already ready to offer the big man a contract extension to keep him with the team and out of the NBA. The article was translated by HoopsWorld and it’s bad news for Bulls fans wanting to see Mirotic jump to the NBA after years of anticipating such a move.
But before Chicago goes off and declares war on Spain though, Real Madrid offering a contract extension and Mirotic accepting one are two different things. It’s possible that money could talk and keep Mirotic in Spain but it’s also possible that the glory and popularity of the NBA draws Mirotic out of Europe and to America.
It’s a developing situation but nothing is certain and Mirotic’s chances of playing for the Bulls is still the same as his chances of staying with Real Madrid.