The Chicago Bulls told rookie forward Nikola Mirotic they would not trade him as part of buying out his European contract. 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.
- Paul Palladino