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Rumor: Knicks interested in Nikola Mirotic

The New York Knicks have an obvious logjam at center. While the Knicks reportedly still have young Spanish big man Willy Hernangomez in their long-term plans, he still has trade value around the league despite his lack of playing time this season.

Should the Knicks decide to trade one or two of their many centers, they could have their sights set on Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic.

Per the New York Post’s Marc Berman:

League sources said Hernangomez still has decent trade value. Noah is untradeable for now because of his $72 million pact. O’Quinn is helping the team win with his grit and probably helping his trade value. One player the Bulls are potentially looking to trade is Nikola Mirotic, who has sparked Chicago’s 8-2 turnaround but is willing to agree to waive his no-trade clause after his ugly fight with teammate Bobby Portis.

Mirotic would be an interesting addition to the Knicks’ roster. His shooting ability would be a big boost to a Knicks team which is dead-last in 3-pointers made per game and is 20th in bench scoring. Mirotic could also play alongside Kristaps Porzingis and would provide significantly more spacing in those lineups.

Mirotic would likely waive his no-trade clause to play in New York, which would be one important part of the deal done. And if the Knicks really are willing to trade an asset like Hernangomez to get Mirotic, they’d likely be the main frontrunners for the Bulls forward.