Report: Bulls finally trade Mirotic to Pelicans

Nikola Mirotic has been traded by the Chicago Bulls to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a report.

Nikola Mirotic is headed to the New Orleans Pelicans, after all.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Pelicans will deal center Omer Asik, guards Tony Allen and Jameer Nelson and a protected 2018 first-round pick to Chicago for Mirotic, a second-round draft pick and the rights to swap second-round selections in the 2021 draft.

Chicago is expected to release Allen and Nelson, the report said.

The Pelicans, who recently lost DeMarcus Cousins to a torn Achilles’ tendon and are said to be chasing soon-to-be-free agent Greg Monroe after he clears waivers, agreed to guarantee Mirotic’s $12.5 option for the 2018-19 season, which cemented the deal, according to the report.

The deal reportedly received the stamp of approval from Pelicans star Anthony Davis.

Moving Mirotic sets up Chicago nicely to reposition itself this summer, according to former NBA executive Bobby Marks, now of ESPN.