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Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans … until he wasn’t.
Now, Mirotic apparently will sit and wait for his next destination in a Bulls uniform, after a deal that had him headed to the Pelicans for center Omer Asik and a draft pick hit a snag. The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 8.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls are seeking a first-round pick as part of a return.
Per the Tribune:
That, along with Omer Asik and salary cap filler they would have waived, is what the Bulls thought they had coming after they agreed to terms with the Pelicans on Tuesday.
But multiple sources said Mirotic, whom the Bulls pulled off the Advocate Center practice floor before Tuesday’s practice began, used his ability to veto the trade based on the collective bargaining agreement and structure of his contract.
Mirotic told reporters Wednesday he thought he was a goner.
“I said to myself, ‘It’s happening. It’s happening. It could happen.’ That’s the only thing that popped into my head,” Mirotic said. “I said, ‘OK, be calm. Wait. Do what they told you to do. Step off the (practice) court.’ I was doing some calls to my agent and my family.”
Along with the Pelicans, Mirotic has been linked to the Utah Jazz.