Report: Bulls’ Mirotic still open to trade

The Chicago Bulls are 7-2 since forward Nikola Mirotic returned to the lineup and have been playing really good basketball — something the front office likes but doesn’t want to see continue if it means the team will lose their draft position.

With guard Zach LaVine expected to return from his ACL tear sooner rather than later, the Bulls’ rebuild could take a drastic turn if Mirotic keeps producing and general manager Gar Forman and vice president John Paxson are well aware of that.

Luckily for the Bulls and their rebuild, it appears Mirotic is using this stretch to increase his trade value around the league in the hopes of joining a playoff contender.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Mirotic and his camp have told the Bulls that Mirotic would waive his no-trade clause if it meant being dealt to a playoff team when he’s eligible to be moved in mid-January.

Mirotic signed a two-year, $27 million deal to remain with the Bulls this past summer, but that was before he got punched in the face by teammate Bobby Portis.

On the season (nine games), Mirotic is averaging 17.9 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 48.0 percent from three.