Mirotic-to-Pelicans deal hits a snag

Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic appears to be on his way to the bench.

The Chicago Bulls were finalizing a trade that would’ve sent forward Nikola Mirotic to the New Orleans Pelicans for center Omer Asik and a first-round draft pick, according to a report from Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago.

However, that deal has apparently fallen through.

At issue, is Mirotic’s contract, apparently. He is making $12.5 this season and his deal calls for a $12.5 option next season.

Former NBA executive Bobby Marks spelled out the issue.

Mirotic, 26, has been available for some time and the Pelicans are in search of a big man after the season-ending Achilles injury to center DeMarcus Cousins earlier this week.

The 6-foot-10, 220-pound Mirotic is averaging 16.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.9 minutes in 25 games, all but three off the bench, for the Bulls this season. He is shooting 47.4 percent from the floor, including a fine 42.9 percent from beyond the 3-point line.

The 31-year-old Asik, a 7-foot, 255-pound center, has played only 13 games for the Pelicans this season, averaging 1.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 7.5 minutes.