Bulls rumors: Nikola Mirotic remains hopeful he will be traded soon
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Report: Nikola Mirotic remains hopeful he will be traded soon

Nikola Mirotic

Despite the upswing that the Chicago Bulls have experienced in recent weeks, it appears Nikola Mirotic still wants out of there, per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

A source close to the situation told the Sun-Times on Wednesday that Mirotic remains hopeful that he’ll be traded soon, and he has even told Bulls management where he’d like to play through his representatives. Mirotic has a no-trade clause, but that would be voided if the Bulls pick up the team option for next season.

The Bulls are 11-6 since Mirotic has come back into the fold after the altercation with Bobby Portis in the preseason. The two players have recently made amends when they have played together, and have even shared some high-fives during good moments on the court.

But it looks like none of that matters. Mirotic and his representatives would rather find a way to move teams, and the situation with Portis seems to be at the crux of that desire, per Cowley.

The source said both sides have remained professional throughout the process, but they feel they’ve reached an impasse when it comes to repairing the damage caused in the Oct. 17 practice altercation in which Mirotic was punched in the face by Bobby Portis.

At this point, the sooner a solution to this situation happens, the better for both sides. Mirotic clearly doesn’t feel he can have a professional relationship with the player who landed him in the hospital with a punch to the face. It’s difficult to blame Mirotic for that feeling.

Yes, the team has played well, but the NBA is still a workplace, and you have to at least be able to coexist with your coworkers. It doesn’t look like that will be the case in Chicago.