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The Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls are engaged in trade talks centered around Nikola Mirotic and Derrick Favors, according to a report from The Salt Lake Tribune.
ESPN reported Monday that the Bulls are planning to trade Mirotic, who is intrigued with the Jazz and their head coach, Quin Snyder.
Mirotic is eligible to be moved after Jan. 15 and prefers to join a playoff team.
The Bulls reportedly want a first round pick in return for Mirotic. Favors has an expiring contract after this season, something that is very appealing to Chicago’s front office.
“The Salt Lake Tribune has confirmed that Utah is engaged in talks with the Chicago Bulls on a deal that would bring power forward Nikola Mirotic to Utah. Jazz forward Derrick Favors has been discussed as a potential piece that would go to Chicago, according to multiple sources. Nothing is done on either side, but talks are past the preliminary stage and getting serious.”
On the season (17 games), Mirotic is averaging 17.4 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 46.5 percent from three. He signed a two-year, $27 million deal to remain with the Bulls this past summer.
Favors, meanwhile, has started 38 games for Utah and is averaging 12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds.