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The Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz have expressed trade interest in New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic, according to a report from Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
Mirotic was reportedly made available in talks last weekend, before Pelicans star Anthony Davis requested a trade of his own.
Meanwhile, the Sixers have been on the lookout for additional perimeter shooting since acquiring Jimmy Butler in November. And the Jazz are looking for help just about anywhere
“New Orleans is seeking a first-round pick, and the Sixers have all their own first-rounders and a Miami first-rounder in 2021, plus an enormous stash of second-rounders: three (including Chicago’s) this year, three (including New York’s or Brooklyn’s) next year and four in 2021,” Deveney reported. “There’s also the team that was the frontrunner at this time last year to land Mirotic from Chicago — the Jazz. Sources told Sporting News that they, too, have interest in Mirotic.”
Mirotic is 6-foot-10 and is averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in 32 games this season.
The Jazz could acquire Mirotic with a first-round pick, per Deveney.
“The big question would be whether Utah would ship out starting forward Derrick Favors, whose contract is not guaranteed for next year, or piece together a deal featuring some young players (Raul Neto, Tony Bradley) along with a pick,” he wrote.
According to Deveney, the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets are also expected to get in on the talks for Mirotic.
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. EST.