The Houston Rockets drafted Nikola Mirotić with the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. The rights to that pick were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls before the night came to an end, giving the Bulls the rights to the talented Spanish forward out of Titograd, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia.
Mirotić plays for Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB League and has since 2008.
It looks like the Bulls may be close to bringing Mirotić to the NBA.
According to most US based sources, it’s a given that Nikola Mirotic will leave Real Madrid, something we also consider a done deal if the Spaniards win the Euroleague, and the Bulls are ready to spend for the talented forward their mid level exception in a four years deal, which translates to a more than 20 millions USD contract for him. After three years in Europe, Mirotic is no longer restricted by the rookie salary scale and with this kind of money he can easily cover the monster 2,5 millions euros buy out his contract with Real Madrid includes.
Mirotić, 23, is averaging 13.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game this season.