Nikola Mirotic Traded To New Orleans Pelicans

The deal is finally done.

Forward Nikola Mirotic is headed from Chicago to New Orleans in a trade for Omer Asik, Tony Allen, Jameer Nelson, and a first-rounder (top-5 protected in 2018), per multiple reports. Allen is expected to be waived.

The Bulls will also give the Pelicans a second-round pick and release forward Quincy Pondexter.

Mirotic is averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds through 15 outings this season. In recent weeks, he had “stood firm” on a request to be shipped out of Chicago – one initially made back in October following a physical altercation with teammate Bobby Portis at practice.

The Pelicans, currently 27-23, are seemingly sticking to their pledge to “remain active in acquiring talent” ahead of the deadline, despite losing All-Star DeMarcus Cousins for the remainder of the year. Mirotic will help fill the necessary frontcourt gap.