Bulls’ Mirotic still avoiding Portis, won’t travel

Fred Hoiberg says Nikola Mirotic prefers to stay away from the team right now.

CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters today that Nikola Mirotic will not travel with the team on its upcoming four-game road trip, as the stretch forward continues to avoid teammate Bobby Portis, who punched him during a practice scuffle before the season started.

Mirotic rejoined his teammates this week at the Bulls’ facility, conducting light workouts behind the scenes while the group practiced.

The Spaniard, however, has not reconnected with Portis and has told the Bulls he doesn’t want to share a locker room with Portis anymore.

Representatives from Mirotic’s camp have informed the Bulls that either Mirotic or Portis must be gone once Mirotic is cleared to play.

Bulls executive vice president John Paxson hinted to the Chicago Tribune on Monday that the days of accommodating Mirotic are essentially over.

“What has to be understood is that we weren’t going to be in a position to continuously accommodate those needs,” Paxson said. “When he started to get healthy, because he’s on our roster, it’s incumbent on him to be around when the team’s around. That’s just a part of it. I look at it this way: We want him to start coming around more. And it is on him to do that. They are adults. This is our workplace. They’re both part of the team. I think it’s pretty simple.”

Hoiberg says the franchise is trying to get Mirotic and Portis together, but it seems Mirotic is going to keep acting stubborn until he gets his way.

The Bulls players are siding with Portis and view Mirotic’s ultimatum as dead weight. The feeling within Chicago is Portis has done everything right to try and repair his relationship with Mirotic.

2 Comments on "Bulls’ Mirotic still avoiding Portis, won’t travel"

  1. Why is he not suspended? Sorry you don’t like your teammate but you are PAID to be a part of that team. He should be traded or suspended.

  2. Maybe we should make the Bulls an offer… Shumpert and Zizic? I’d much rather have Mirotic to help spread the floor than the lane-clogging Thompson. It seems like the Cavs haven’t been making as many threes as we need to win so far this season. Mirotic is a career %35 3-point shooter.

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