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REPORT: Sixers, Jazz interested in Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic

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The Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz are reportedly interested in trading for New Orleans Pelicans stretch forward Nikola Mirotic, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.

After Anthony Davis’ trade request, the Pelicans have been getting calls about Nikola Mirotic since many around the league believe New Orleans is going to tear the roster down now that Davis wants out.

The Pelicans are reportedly seeking a first-round pick in return for Mirotic.

According to a league source, one team that has expressed interest in Mirotic is the Sixers, who have been eager to land a stretch-4 after having traded away Dario Saric in the Jimmy Butler package. New Orleans is seeking a first-round pick, and the Sixers have all their own first-rounders and a Miami first-rounder in 2021, plus an enormous stash of second-rounders: three (including Chicago’s) this year, three (including New York’s or Brooklyn’s) next year and four in 2021.

There’s also the team that was the front runner at this time last year to land Mirotic from Chicago — the Jazz. Sources told Sporting News that they, too, have interest in Mirotic.

The Sixers traded Robert Covington and Dario Saric to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade. Since then, the team has been looking to acquire more perimeter shooting and Nikola Mirotic fits that bill.

The Jazz acquired sharpshooter Kyle Korver from the Cleveland Cavaliers to address their lack of shooting, but you can never have enough shooters on your team, so it makes sense that Utah is interested in Mirotic.

In 32 games this season for New Orleans, Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc.