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Trade Grades: Pelicans Retool For Playoffs Adding Nikola Mirotic From Bulls' Rebuild

Trade Grades: Pelicans Retool For Playoffs Adding Nikola Mirotic From Bulls' Rebuild

In return for Mirotic the Pelicans are sending Omer Asik, Tony Allen, Jameer Nelson, as well as, a future first-round pick to the Bulls.

Through a series of tweets, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and others broke the news and relayed the details. He can be a free agent in the offseason, and there's nearly no chance Chicago would've exercised his club option. He averaged 11.3 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 assists in 20 games after coming in a trade from the Bucks.

Fighting through the awkwardness and resentment, it has been understood and seen from his play that Mirotic did everything in his power to act as a professional after the unfortunate events, but in the end, he wanted out and the Bulls made it happen.

For the Pelicans, it was extremely important to add another big piece after DeMarcus Cousins went down with a season-ending injury last week.

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Despite that bump in the road, but Bulls were clearly going to be aggressive about shopping Mirotic before the February 8 trade deadline.

New Orleans agreed to guarantee Mirotic's $12.5 million option in the 2018-19 season, clinching the deal, the sources said. This has been quite a silent trade window so far, with not much happening in the National Basketball Association regarding player exchanges. After a buyout, the Hawks ended up owing Crawford $13.3 million - almost the same as the $14.3 million left on Asik's contract. A few interesting rumors are floating around, some for role players off the bench and make an impact, some for star additions so as to vault them towards championship glory. Making the playoffs is of the utmost importance and all of a sudden there was even more pressure to squeeze a deal out of their limited assets and tight cap situation at the deadline. And that's in terms of how I would value the picks; in practice, it's generally more expensive to trade up, so from the league's perspective Chicago probably got the equivalent of something like the 25th pick for Mirotic. That means Mirotic would likely be on the move again.

"I don't know if surprise is the way to look at it", Paxson said. Turning him into a better pick and an extra pick this year is a pretty nice move.

With a record of 27-23, the Pelicans were in line for the No. 17 pick in the draft entering play Thursday night.


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