As trade rumors continue to swirl in the NBA, the Portland Trail Blazers find themselves in a position to be buyers or sellers come the NBA trade deadline. A popular name in trade rumors has been Nikola Mirotic, the Chicago Bulls forward seeking an exit from the Windy City since a much-publicized incident with teammate Bobby Portis.
With Mirtotic’s shaky footing in Chicago, many wonder where he’ll end up—if he is shipped out—come the trade deadline. Bryan Kalbrosky of HoopsHype sees the Blazers as one of his potential trade destinations:
Portland acquired a massive trade exception when they lost Allen Crabbe, which would help them land Mirotic. He would pair well with Al-Farouq Aminu.
They rebound well and while it might not be worth giving up a first-round pick, he can help them contend for a spot in the postseason. Even though they have a crowded frontcourt, he is an entirely different player compared to the rest of their roster.
Mirotic is averaging 17.4 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Bulls in the 17 games he has played since missing the start of the year with injuries sustained in his fight with Portis. The 6’10” power forward is an excellent scorer from long range, shooting 36 percent from three for his career and 47 percent from outside this season.
Other teams Kalbrosky mentioned include San Antonio, Oklahoma City and New York.