Although the Chicago Bulls may want forward Nikola Mirotic, who they hold the exclusive rights to after he was selected with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, to remain in Spain for at least more season, they are confident he will play in the NBA some time soon.
“We don’t know,” Bulls’ General Manager Gar Forman said via Cody Westerlund of CBS Chicago. “He’s still under contract with Real Madrid. We feel confident that he’s going to come at some point. Whether it’s this summer or the following summer or somewhere into the future, we still don’t know. We haven’t gotten to a point where there’s any type of negotiation yet, though we have built a relationship and been over there and seen him.
“We’re not sure when he’ll come.”
The Bulls may ask him to remain in Spain for another year so they can either trade or amnesty Carlos Boozer and pursue a superstar like Carmelo Anthony.
This season, Mirotic averaged 13.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game for Real Madrid.