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The Chicago Bulls introduced Doug Collins as their new senior adviser of basketball operations at a Tuesday presser at the Advocate Center and executive vice president John Paxson said the team has no updates on stretch forward Nikola Mirotic — who remains unsigned as a restricted free agent.
Pax says no new updates on nikola Mirotic, who is still unsigned.
— Sean Highkin (@highkin) September 19, 2017
In a market that is paying big men with perimeter shooting skills lucrative money, Mirotic can’t get his hands on any of it.
The 26-year-old has watched two months go by since free agency began July 1 and there haven’t been any reports linking him to a team.
In mid-July, both the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times reported the Bulls wanted the market to set the price for Mirotic. And that if he did sign an offer sheet with another club, Chicago’s brass would then determine if it was a price they are willing to pay for the Spaniard.
The Tribune also reported in July that Mirotic’s camp sought an annual salary of $16 million before free agency began — a dollar amount Mirotic will not receive.
In 70 games this past season, Mirotic averaged 10.6 points per game while shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from three.
Opposing teams go at Mirotic on the defensive end as soon as he checks into the game, usually forcing Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg to take Mirotic out of the lineup because of how easy players score on him.
His lack of gradual improvement since his rookie year coupled with his fickle shooting habits, shot selection and atrocious defensive skills have lowered Mirotic’s value tremendously.
All signs point to Mirotic playing the 2017-18 season on his $7.2 million qualifying offer with the Bulls. If that is the case, Mirotic will re-enter free agency again next offseason.