Nikola Mirotić was drafted by the Houston Rockets 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, who currently plays for Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB League and has since 2008, plans on joining the Bull this season.
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.com, he will likely command $3-4 million per season.
Further, if the Bulls are under the cap, they’d only have their $2.7 million room exception to bring 2011 pick Nikola Mirotic over from Spain. League sources say Mirotic would be looking for a deal in the $3 million-$4 million range. (He’s no longer governed by the rookie scale, and the Bulls have planned for needing the bulk of their non-taxpayer mid-level exception of $5.3 million on him, sources say.)
Mirotić is currently averaging 13.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 54.0% from the field, 32.6% from beyond the arc and 77.1% from the free throw line for Real Madrid.