Pistons, Blazers presumably join Utah Jazz in Mirotic pursuit

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According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Pistons have reportedly expressed interest in acquiring veteran forward Nikola Mirotic from the Chicago Bulls.

This trade would help out both teams, as the Bulls would get rid of Mirotic and his hefty contract while taking on Marjanovic who's contract is up at the end of this season.

Those reports come a day after Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com wrote that the Bulls are "still planning to trade forward Nikola Mirotic, which can't happen until January 15 or without his permission, based on his contract".

Mirotic can not be traded until January 15 because of his contract situation last offseason. Portis was suspended for eight games after the incident, but Mirotic missed the first 23 games of the season after suffering two broken bones in his face. Now, taking into account what Duncan said about Johnson and Kennard being likely off the table, what could a possible Bulls-Pistons trade look like?

The Bulls are 6.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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If it means giving up a first round pick and/or any other promising assets, do you think the Portland Trail Blazers should trade for Nikola Mirotic?

The Pistons (21-18) have lost five in a row on the road and visit Brooklyn Wednesday (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) and Chicago Saturday (8 p.m., FSD). With Chicago sliding in the standings, they should be looking for a couple of picks and bad contracts in return. The Bulls got off to a awful start, and they remain near the bottom of the Eastern Conference Standings with a 14-27 record halfway through the year.

Mirotić is now averaging 17.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in under 26 minutes this season, and he's shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 46.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 75 percent from the free-throw line. There's a team option, also for $12.5 million, for 2018-19.

Nikola Mirotic #44 of the Chicago Bulls moves against Lance Stephenson #1 of the Indiana Pacers at the United Center on December 29, 2017 in Chicago. Last season, he averaged just 10.6 points per game.

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