Pelicans Trade for Nikola Mirotic Has 'Fallen Apart for Now'

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans are, in fact, being aggressive.

The Bulls and Pelicans do not have a trade to send Nikola Mirotic to New Orleans, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Mirotic's current deal includes a no-trade clause if the deal does not include a guarantee on his 2018-19 salary, but the clause could be waived if his option was picked up by an acquiring team.

Asik, who played for the Bulls in his first two National Basketball Association seasons, is averaging just 1.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game with the Pelicans this season, but his presence could allow the Bulls the flexibility to trade Robin Lopez before the National Basketball Association trade deadline if they choose to do so. Chicago and New Orleans wouldn't need his permission if they elected to exercise his team option before completing the trade.

Yet a trade was considered an nearly imminent after the Portis practice incident, with the question being how long would it take for the Bulls to deal him away. The fourth-year forward is shooting a career-best 42.9 percent from three-point range.

Asik's deal required $11.2 million for the 2018-19 season with $3 million guaranteed in case a potential buyout was exercised in the final year ($11.9 million) of the deal, according to Spotrac.

The Pelicans and Bulls were finalizing a package that included Omer Asik and a future first-round pick going to Chicago.

After a tumultuous season, it appears that Chicago Bulls forward could be on his way out of town. Asik, 31, would be a salary dump, as he's averaging 1.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 7.5 minutes across 13 games this season while being paid $10.6 million.

Mirotic missed the first two months of the season with facial fractures stemming from an altercation with teammate Bobby Portis at practice.

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