Bulls news: Nikola Mirotic always knew he’d play for Chicago next season
A new deal with the Bulls might have taken some time, but Nikola Mirotic claims he never doubted that he would come to an agreement to return to Chicago this season.
Earlier this week, Mirotic signed a two-year, $27 million deal with the Bulls after a long stalemate on negotiations. Both sides had previously said they were hopeful to come to terms on a new contract, so this was undoubtedly a desirable result for them.
Mirotic, however, revealed he already expected to suit up again for the Windy City team, even citing he was prepared to play under his qualifying offer that would have made him an unrestricted free agent next season.
Mirotic said he always knew he would re-sign with Bulls. Rejected 1st offer but always knew he'd either play on QO or new deal.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) September 26, 2017
The 26-year-old forward has admitted before that he loves the Chi-Town and that his focus is to re-sign, so it came as no surprise he aimed to play for the team all along.
After giving him a hefty contract, nonetheless, the Bulls will certainly demand more consistency from the former Real Madrid sharpshooter.
Mirotic had a brilliant first season in Chicago, during which he finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Andrew Wiggins. Despite a good start, however, the following years were a little sporadic, as he was never able to make the big jump to becoming an offensive threat.
It remains to be seen if Mirotic can produce what is expected of him this season, but everyone in the city will surely have their hopes up.