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Jazz, Bulls Discussing Nikola Mirotic Trade

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The Utah Jazz and the Chicago Bulls are currently discussing a trade centered around Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic, according to Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune.

According to the report, talks between the two teams have moved “past the preliminary stage and [are] getting serious.”

On Monday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski discussed a potential interest in a trade and K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune  reported of the Jazz’s interest in the veteran forward.

According to Jones, the Bulls “made it clear” that the asking price for Mirotic is a first-round pick with no long-term contracts attached.

According to Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago, the Bulls aren’t interested in taking on Alec Burks.

Names such as Derrick Favors and Joe Johnson, who both have expiring contracts, could be discussed as negotiations move forward.

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Bulls Exercise Options On Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine

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The Chicago Bulls have exercised their 2019-2020 team options on Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, and Denzel Valentine, which guarantees their salaries for next season, per an official team announcement on Tuesday.

Dunn and Valentine options are for the fourth and final year of their respective rookie scale contracts which will see Dunn have a cap hit of $5,348,007, while Valentine will see a cap charge of $3,377,569.

Markkanen’s $5,300,400 option is for his third year, which will give the Bulls another option decision next October, and he won’t be contract extension-eligible until 2020.

 

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Bulls’ Bobby Portis Out 4-6 Weeks with Sprained MCL

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The Chicago Bulls will be without power forward Bobby Portis who will miss the next four to six weeks with a sprained right MCL, according to a press release that was officially issued by the team on Thursday.

Chicago has already incurred injuries to a number of key players this season including Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen, and Denzel Valentine.

Portis averaged 10.5 ppg and 10.0 rebounds when he slid into the starting rotation in place of Markkanen.

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Bulls’ Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain

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The Chicago Bulls will be without Kris Dunn for 4-6 weeks after the guard suffered an MCL sprain, to team officially announced on Tuesday.

Dunn, who missed the first two games of the regular-season due to the birth of his first child, returned to action on Monday as the Bulls took on the Dallas Mavericks, and ended up playing a total of 30 minutes.

Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters Tuesday that Dunn suffered the injury in the second quarter of the game, but Dunn continued to play on.

 

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