The Nikola Mirotic era in Chicago may indeed be coming to an end.
The 26-year-old forward has reportedly told the Bulls that he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause and move on from the team, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. That counters earlier reports that stated Mirotic would not waive his no-trade, and was willing to put the recent physical altercation with teammate Bobby Portis behind him.
Portis and Mirotic got into at practice a couple weeks ago, and the situation escalated to the point where Portis landed a punch that broke Mirotic’s jaw and gave him a concussion. The Montenegro-born player will miss at least four-to-six weeks as he recovers from the injury. The Bulls suspended Portis eight games for his role in the incident.
Mirotic cannot be traded until mid-January, since he re-signed with the Bulls as a restricted free agent in the off-season. He’s owed $12.5 million this season and has a team-option for the same amount in 2018-19. He averaged 10.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game last season.