Now, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reports the Nets are among four teams interested in the 27-year-old who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The Jazz, Blazers, Nets, and Spurs are among the teams that have expressed interest in Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic, according to multiple league sources. New Orleans is seeking a first-round pick, league sources said. One source called the franchise’s demands “excessive,” considering Mirotic has been hampered this season by calf and ankle injuries and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Mirotic currently makes $12.5 million and since neither team has cap space, the Nets would have to send out a contract in any deal. The Nets have two players, DeMarre Carroll ($15.4 million) and Jared Dudley ($9.5 million), whose expiring contracts could be used in a deal. But the Nets have reportedly been reluctant to deal Carroll, who has played well over the last month. Dudley, who tweeted Wednesday that he’ll be back soon from a hamstring injury, is a veteran popular with some of the team’s younger players. Allen Crabbe makes $18.5 million this season, but has a player option for another $18.5 million next season.
The Montenegro native has missed 22 games this season including six of the last 10. His numbers when he plays are the kind one would think the Nets would be looking for. He’s averaging 16.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and shooting 45/37/84 in 32 games.
He is perhaps best known for his fight with Bobby Portis when the two were on the Bulls in October 2017. Portis punched Mirotić in the face resulting in Mirotić suffering a concussion and multiple facial fractures.
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