Nikola Mirotic RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • Bulls, Nikola Mirotic remain hopeful on striking free-agency deal

    Chicago Tribune "The Bulls and Nikola Mirotic have found common ground — their desire to keep their three-year relationship going. To this point, the two parties obviously have yet to agree on money or else a deal would've been announced almost immediately as free agency began at 11:01 p.m. Central Time last..." July 04

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