Bulls trade forward Nikola Mirotic to Pelicans

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Well, that ended up being a little bit more hard than we thought it was going to be.

Maybe Bulls management wonks believed Mirotic desperately wanted to bolt Chicago after suffering a concussion and broken facial bones as a result of Bobby Portis' punch and subsequent demand that the team trade him or Portis.

The Bulls have agreed to a deal with the Pelicans that will send Nikola Mirotic to New Orleans, according to a report. The Bulls will also reportedly acquire veteran guards Tony Allen and Jameer Nelson from the Pelicans.

Finally, the Bulls will have the right to exchange second round picks with the Pelicans in 2021, according to reports.

The Pelicans will pick now up that option to complete the deal, per Wojnarowski.

New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Cousins, who suffered a season-ending ruptured left Achilles on Friday, is set to have surgery to fix the injury on Wednesday, five days after Cousins fell in the final minutes of Friday's win against the Houston Rockets. Sometimes, you have to give to get.

National Basketball Association insider David Aldridge reports the first round pick is top-five protected for 2018, while Johnson added that Jameer Nelson would be included in the deal.

In return, the Hawks got the Houston Rockets' first-round pick, one that's probably going to end up either 28th or 29th. But they pulled it off.

"I said to myself: 'It's happening".

With the Pelicans battling for a playoff spot and trying to add the recently bought-out Greg Monroe with Mirotic, it's more likely than not the Bulls receive the pick for this June's draft. If it conveys, the Pelicans will have picked in the first round just twice since 2013.

With just over a week remaining before the trade deadline closes, time is quickly ticking on a potential deal for the Montenegro-born man.

With the Chicago Bulls getting back to their losing ways and Mirotic now gone, though, does that matter?

Bulls firing up the tank again?

As such, a first-round pick would be an acceptable payout for Mirotic. I imagine some team would find that an interesting proposition, even if it couldn't put them in the top four. They also were without their newly acquired star Zach LaVine, who was recovering from a torn ACL and hence they were expected to be terrible and were bad, winning just 3 of their starting 23 games.

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