Serbian forward Nikola Mirotic whose draft rights have been owned by the Chicago Bulls since draft night in 2011 has announced over Twitter through his personal account that he’s agreed to join the Bulls for the 2014-2015 season. Terms of the deal are unclear for the time being, but reports say the contract is a multi-year deal. The 23-year-old Mirotic figures to be the final major addition the Bulls plan on making this offseason, barring an unforeseen trade.
Mirotic spent the past three seasons playing professionally overseas for Real Madrid of the Spanish Liga ACB and Euroleague internationally. In 2011, Mirotic was named All-Tournament Team MVP of the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, and in 2013 was the ACB MVP of the Spanish League. While he’s accomplished nothing in the NBA yet, Mirotic comes to Chicago with a superb resume and physical tools that have garnered him high praise far and wide.
Measuring at 6-foot-10 and graced with a soft touch on his outside jumper, Mirotic is the prototypical stretch power forward in the NBA today. It remains to be seen how Mirotic fits into Chicago’s rotation, but he figures to be a much-needed viable scoring option off the bench at the very least.
The 23-year-old became somewhat of a cult-icon to the most dedicated of Bulls faithful who followed his game and development; his name often associated with an allure and mystique that anyone old enough to remember Toni Kukoc’s arrival to the Bulls would compare to.
As far as monetary figures are concerned, purely based on speculation, Mirotic’s cost figures to be above the Mid-Level Exception allotment. Likely, anywhere from six to nine million a year is what’s in Mirotic’s range. More details to come upon further information being provided.
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