Nikola Mirotic RUMORS & NEWS

  • Report: Bulls ‘almost certainly’ expected to trade Nikola Mirotic prior to deadline

    Clutch Points "Ever since Nikola Mirotic came back from his facial injury, at the hands of Bobby Portis, he has had a great season for the Bulls. Mirotic is currently scoring 17.3 points per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the three-point line. He has been an offensive spark for Bulls, who are one of the..." January 22

  • Nikola Mirotic is too good to still be on the Bulls

    Chicago Tribune "This was looking bad: Nikola Mirotic came off the bench and took over a game like a starter, and there were the rebuilding Bulls, leading the reigning world champion Warriors in large part because Mirotic was doing everything, like he was a Warrior or something. See? I told you it was..." January 18

  • Nikola Mirotic says recent trade speculation has been a motivating factor

    Clutch Points "The Chicago Bulls have been playing well of late and that is in large part due to the presence of Nikola Mirotic. However, the talented forward still wants out of the Windy City despite the team’s resurgence. Rather than be distracted by all the trade talk, ESPN’s Nick Friedell reports that..." January 16

  • Nikola Mirotic won't speculate on future with Bulls

    Chicago Tribune "If Nikola Mirotic is obsessing about his future come Monday — the first day the Bulls forward is eligible to be traded — the veteran is hiding it pretty well. Following the Bulls’ shootaround in advance of Saturday night’s game against the Pistons, Mirotic claimed not to know that Monday could..." January 13

  • Report: Nikola Mirotic remains hopeful he will be traded soon

    Clutch Points "Despite the upswing that the Chicago Bulls have experienced in recent weeks, it appears Nikola Mirotic still wants out of there, per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. A source close to the situation told the Sun-Times on Wednesday that Mirotic remains hopeful that he’ll be traded soon, and..." January 11

  • Jazz Dangling Derrick Favors In Mirotic Talks?

    Hoops Rumors "Jazz big man Derrick Favors has been discussed as a potential trade piece that would go from Utah to Chicago in a hypothetical trade involving Nikola Mirotic, multiple league sources tell Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune. A report on Tuesday indicated that the two teams are engaged in Mirotic..." January 10

  • Pistons, Jazz Interested in Nikola Mirotic, Blazers Linked

    Bleacher Report "The Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz have reportedly expressed interest in Chicago Bulls power forward Nikola Mirotic, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune added that the Portland Trail Blazers could "join mix" in regards to Mirotic and that the..." January 09

  • Report: Bulls Planning To Trade Nikola Mirotic

    SLAM Online "The Chicago Bulls are reportedly planning to deal Nikola Mirotic, who is standing firm on his trade request. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Mirotic has been “intrigued” with the Utah Jazz as a potential destination. Mirotic, 26, has a team option of $12.5 million next season. " January 08

  • Bulls plan to deal Nikola Mirotic; Jazz are 'intriguing' option

    CBS Sports "Ever since the unfortunate incident between Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis just prior to the season beginning, the power forward out of Montenegro has wanted out of Chicago. Even as he's helped lead the Bulls' shocking turnaround, Mirotic has still made it clear that he prefers to be..." January 08

  • Report: Nikola Mirotic ‘Standing Firm’ on Trade Request

    SLAM Online "Despite the Bulls’ recent resurgence, Nikola Mirotic is reportedly “standing firm” on his request to be traded from Chicago. According to the Chicago Sun-Times‘ Joe Cowley, Mirotic would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to make a deal possible. " January 06

  • At the same time Zach LaVine returns, Nikola Mirotic might be heading out

    Chicago Sun-Times "The dates are starting to match up almost too perfectly for the Bulls. Right around the time guard Zach LaVine is scheduled to rejoin the team, forward Nikola Mirotic might be ready to tape up his cardboard boxes, empty his locker and hang up his Bulls jersey for the last time. The Sun-Times..." January 05

  • Bulls' hot stretch sparked by Niko Mirotic's and Bobby Portis' handling of preseason altercation

    ESPN "In the wake of his team's ninth win in its past 11 games, a 92-87 triumph over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, Chicago Bulls forward Niko Mirotic acknowledged that his and Bobby Portis' handling of an ugly preseason practice incident has been "huge" for the streaking group that continues..." December 28

  • Source: Nikola Mirotic is still willing to waive his no-trade clause

    Chicago Sun-Times "Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis have still not spoken away from the court. The two Bulls players possibly never will at this point in the wake of their Oct. 17 practice altercation that put Mirotic in the hospital and on the sideline for the first 23 regular-season games. And the..." December 25

  • Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis still not talking off court

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Bulls are 5-0 since Nikola Mirotic returned from an injury suffered when Bobby Portis punched him in the face during a preseason practice. Mirotic and Portis are both excelling individually, and Chicago has outscored opponents by a whopping 34.3 points per 100 possessions when those two share..." December 18

  • Nikola Mirotic’s play might lead to the ticket out of town he wants

    Chicago Sun-Times "There is no questioning Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic’s intelligence. He recently added Greek to the handful of languages he speaks. When Mirotic was asked last week about learning Greek, he replied: ‘‘It’s a hard language, so why not?’’ Mirotic now is fluent in Serbian, Greek, Spanish,..." December 18

  • Report: Bulls gauged trade interest in Robin Lopez, Nikola Mirotic

    Clutch Points "NBAReport: Bulls gauged trade interest in Robin Lopez, Nikola Miroticby Alex VejarDecember 12, 2017Nikola Mirotic It didn’t take long for the Chicago Bulls to move from awkward situation to the next. After Nikola Mirotic returned to the lineup recently, the Bulls forward has been lighting it..." December 12

  • Nikola Mirotic is playing well enough for the Bulls to be traded, but ...

    Chicago Tribune "Rookie wonder Lauri Markkanen was aching. Back spasms. No go against the Celtics. Ouch, babe. So, Nikola Mirotic was given the start Monday and, whoa, look at that, he promptly poured in 24 points to lead the Bulls to a surprising 108-85 rout over a Celtics team missing Kyrie Irving. And..." December 12

  • Nikola Mirotic Returned To Action And Declared The Bobby Portis Saga ‘All Over’

    Dime Magazine "Nearly two months have passed since Nikola Mirotic was hospitalized following a fight with teammate Bobby Portis in practice, but on Friday evening, the Chicago Bulls forward returned to action against the Charlotte Hornets. Both Mirotic and Portis came off the bench for Fred Hoiberg’s team, but..." December 09

  • Nikola Mirotic's return forces Bulls to answer tough questions

    Sporting News "Although the Bulls are two months into the 2017-18 NBA season, there’s one moment that constantly hangs over this franchise (not the Jimmy Butler trade) — the October practice fight between Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis that put Mirotic in the hospital and earned Portis an eight-game suspension...." December 08

  • Nikola Mirotic looks to return Friday: 'I'm not angry at anyone'

    Chicago Tribune "ith his season debut imminent, likely on Friday, Nikola Mirotic is positive. “I’m not angry at anyone,” Mirotic said. “I’m doing fine with myself. My family is great. There’s nothing to be angry about now. It’s all over. It’s a new beginning.” The first “it” refers, of course, to Mirotic..." December 07

  • Nikola Mirotic expects to make season debut this week

    Chicago Tribune "Nikola Mirotic said he expects to make his season debut this week. While it’s unlikely Mirotic will play Monday against the Cavaliers, the Bulls play Wednesday at the Pacers, Friday at the Hornets and at home Saturday against the Knicks. “Feeling much better with my conditioning,” Mirotic..." December 04

  • Nikola Mirotic’s altercation with Bobby Portis cost him $1 million in potential bonus money

    Clutch Points "The Chicago Bulls appear to be finally getting past the entire ordeal involving the altercation between veteran forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic. This has impacted Mirotic more than initially anticipated beyond the physical injuries as the missed time on the court this season has cost..." December 04

  • Bulls Assign Zach LaVine, Nikola Mirotic

    Real GM Basketball "The Chicago Bulls have assigned Zach LaVine and Nikola Mirotić to the Windy City Bulls. Both players have missed the first 19 games of the 2017-18 regular season due to injury." December 01

  • Nikola Mirotic will be professional with Bobby Portis, but that’s it

    Chicago Sun-Times "Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic said he has accepted teammate Bobby Portis’ public apology. He just hasn’t told Portis that to his face and likely won’t anytime soon. ‘‘I guess he will know now,’’ Mirotic said Wednesday, when he met with reporters for the first time since a practice altercation..." November 30

  • Windmill-dunking Zach LaVine and Nikola Mirotic will practice with G-League team this week

    NBC Chicago "The bounce was back in Zach LaVine’s step as he easily put home a windmill dunk after Bulls shootaround Tuesday before their game against the Phoenix Suns. So clearly, it must mean LaVine is getting ready to return to action sooner rather than later, right? Not so fast. A timeline that..." November 29

  • Nikola Mirotic Says He Accepted Bobby Portis' Apology After Fight

    Bleacher Report "Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic spoke with the media Wednesday for the first time since his fight with teammate Bobby Portis during a practice in October. Mirotic accepted Portis' apology and said they will both do what is necessary to help the Bulls be successful. "We are teammates,"..." November 29

  • Nikola Mirotic practices with Bulls for 1st time since the Oct. 17 punch

    Chicago Tribune "Nikola Mirotic has still lost his starting power forward position to Lauri Markkanen. He still hasn’t had a sitdown with Bobby Portis, although the language of basketball on the practice court Monday surely had to have been spoken. Regardless, Mirotic’s return to practice for the first time..." November 27

  • Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic are still not on speaking terms

    Chicago Sun-Times "The stalemate between Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic continues. As of Sunday, there still had been no contact between them since Portis punched Mirotic in a fight during practice Oct. 17, sending him to the hospital with a concussion and two broken bones in his face. There was,..." November 27

  • Lauri Markkanen will remain Bulls starter when Nikola Mirotic cleared to play

    Chicago Tribune "Fred Hoiberg said it hasn't yet been determined whether Nikola Mirotic will travel on the Bulls' four-game trip that begins Sunday in Phoenix. What is settled is who will be the starting power forward when Mirotic is physically cleared to play. "I would say Lauri (Markkanen) is our starter..." November 16

  • Nikola Mirotic Is Still Not Speaking To Bobby Portis At Bulls Practice

    Dime Magazine "Nikola Mirotic has returned to the Bulls practice facility to workout and continue his comeback from facial fractures and a concussion. Those injuries were famously sustained during a practice fight when teammate Bobby Portis punched him in the face. Portis was suspended for eight games, but..." November 14

  • John Paxson: It’s on Nikola Mirotic to be around Bulls more now

    Pro Basketball Talk "Bobby Portis is thriving on the court since returning from an eight-game, team-issued suspension for punching Nikola Mirotic in the face during practice. Mirotic is still recovering from the injury he suffered, the distinction a sore spot for him. Bulls teammates are reportedly siding with..." November 14

  • Bulls players reportedly side with Bobby Portis over Nikola Mirotic after incident

    CBS Sports "Chicago Bulls foward Nikola Mirotic reportedly doesn't want to be on the same team as Bobby Portis, who sent Mirotic to the hospital with two broken bones and a concussion after punching him in the face on the first day of the NBA season in October. That's understandable. But, according to Joe..." November 08

  • Bobby Portis And Nikola Mirotic Still Haven’t Spoken Since Their High-Profile Practice Fight

    Dime Magazine "The practice fight between Chicago Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic in mid-October was a stunner on a number of levels. First, it isn’t every day that teammates scrap to the degree that one ends up injured for weeks and, through that same prism, the other is assessed with a lengthy..." November 08

  • Nikola Mirotic upset Portis will make Bulls return before him

    Larry Brown Sports "When the Chicago Bulls take on the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night, forward Bobby Portis will take his spot on the bench and play back-up to Lauri Markkanen, possibly even seeing some reserve minutes throughout the game. It will be Portis’ first action of the season after serving a team-issued..." November 07

  • Nikola Mirotic returns to Bulls facility but status quo remains for him and organization

    NBC Chicago "In what Fred Hoiberg called a “big step,” Nikola Mirotic was slated to return to the Bulls practice facility ON Tuesday afternoon to get some light supervised activity in for the first time since being punched by Bobby Portis. The glitch in that step is Mirotic was going to the Advocate Center..." November 01

  • Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic will not have surgery on facial fractures

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players often have to deal with the question of having surgery or not, usually on a knee or ankle or back. While there are plenty of injuries where the course of treatment is clear cut, there are times when it’s a matter of personal or organizational preference. Rarely does that choice..." October 31

  • What’s Next For Mirotic, Portis, Bulls?

    Hoops Rumors "After trading Jimmy Butler, waiving Rajon Rondo, and buying out Dwyane Wade, the Bulls appeared set to lay low this season, embarking on a full-fledged rebuild with virtually no pressure to win games in 2017/18. However, the franchise, plagued by on-court and off-court drama in recent years,..." October 27

  • Report: Bulls pessimistic Portis and Mirotic can co-exist moving forward

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago Bulls reportedly are pessimistic about the ability of Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic to co-exist moving forward. Earlier this month, the Bulls suspended Portis eight games for an altercation with Mirotic that left Mirotic with a concussion and facial fractures. Mirotic was..." October 27

  • Nikola Mirotic Could Waive Trade Veto

    Hoops Rumors "There have been indications that Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis may not be able to co-exist when the former returns to the court following his injury, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. There is now a sense of pessimism that the two could co-exist moving forward. Johnson notes..." October 26

  • Nikola Mirotic Prefers To Remain With Bulls

    Real GM Basketball "Nikola Mirotic would prefer to remain with the Chicago Bulls, but there's a growing sense that he would find it difficult to remain teammates with Bobby Portis. Mirotic suffered multiple fractures and a concussion following a practice scuffle with Portis before the start of the season." October 26

  • Portis’ punch of Mirotic will mar Bulls’ entire season

    Chicago Sun-Times "There’s only one real question now: Can Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic ever play together again? During a practice last Tuesday at which no media members were allowed, Bulls power forward Portis punched fellow power forward Mirotic in the face after some type of confrontation. Mirotic suffered..." October 25

  • There are more growing concerns about the Mirotic-Portis relationship

    Chicago Sun-Times "Robin Lopez is well aware that the Nikola Mirotic-Bobby Portis situation might need a lot more fixing than first anticipated. Lopez’s hope was that there would be a healing period and then both players could sit down with the team, mend the damaged bridge and move on, but the fact that Mirotic..." October 24

  • Bobby Portis apologizes to Bulls for scrap with Nikola Mirotic

    ESPN "Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. "He didn't address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of," Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday's..." October 20

  • Nikola Mirotic was aggressor in Bobby Portis altercation

    Yardbarker "More details continue to emerge in the ugly incident between Chicago Bulls teammates Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis. Veteran basketball writer Peter Vecsey reported on Wednesday that Mirotic was the aggressor in the altercation with Portis at Bulls practice this week that left him with facial..." October 18

  • Report: NBA schedules call with Bulls' Bobby Portis to talk about fight with Mirotic

    CBS Sports "Just hours before the 2017-18 NBA season was set to begin Tuesday night, reports began circulating of a nasty altercation between Chicago Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis at practice. A short time later, the team released a statement indicating that the reports were..." October 18

  • Nikola Mirotic expected to miss a few weeks with two broken bones in face

    Larry Brown Sports "Nikola Mirotic is expected to miss a few weeks with two broken bones in his face following a practice fight with a teammate, according to a report. Mirotic was hospitalized after being punched by teammate Bobby Portis during practice on Tuesday. He has two broken bones in his face, according to..." October 18

  • Bobby Portis sends Nikola Mirotic to hospital after altercation

    Chicago Sun-Times "Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis came into Bulls camp last month fighting for a starting forward spot. Tuesday, they were just fighting. And the results of that physical altercation wasn’t the typical NBA non-fight fight. According to multiple witnesses, Portis and Mirotic had a heated..." October 18

  • Nikola Mirotic Reportedly Hospitalized After Fight with Bobby Portis at Practice

    Bleacher Report "Chicago Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were reportedly involved in a "serious altercation" at practice Tuesday that sent Mirotic to the hospital. According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, Mirotic—who recently returned to the Bulls on a two-year, $27 million deal—will be out..." October 17

  • Bulls reach terms with restricted free agent Nikola Mirotic

    Chicago Tribune "Negotiations took longer than both sides anticipated, but the Nikola Mirotic saga ended Sunday in the manner that everyone predicted. Mirotic will report to Monday's Media Day activities as a Bull. The restricted free agent forward agreed to a two-year, $27 million deal that contains a team..." September 24

  • Bulls RFA Nikola Mirotic to skip EuroBasket

    Chicago Tribune "The Bulls have yet to sign their man but they have gotten one wish. Nikola Mirotic confirmed on his Twitter account Friday morning he won't play for Spain's national team at this year's EuroBasket. In a statement released to the Spanish Basketball Federation, Mirotic asked for "support and..." July 30

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