Friday July 25th, 2014

The Chicago Bulls told rookie forward Nikola Mirotic they would not trade him as part of buying out his European contract, the Chicago Tribune's David Haugh reports.

Mirotic is reportedly being offered in a trade for Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love along with Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott.

Haugh writes that Mirotic only agreed to join Chicago after being promised he would not be traded.

Mirotic bought out his contract with Real Madrid of the Spanish League only after the Bulls committed to keeping him in Chicago, according to a source familiar with negotiations.

Mirotic's buyout was reportedly more than $3 million, with the Bulls only allowed to pay $600,000.

The Bulls offseason included a failed pursuit of Carmelo Anthony, amnestying Carlos Boozer and signing Pau Gasol to a three-year contract.

More: Kevin Love trade rumors, buzz

[h/t Pro Basketball Talk]

- Paul Palladino

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