Detroit Pistons interested in acquiring Nikola Mirotic

Nikola Mirotic Chicago Bulls

The Bulls have a net rating of plus-3.4 when Mirotic plays as opposed to minus-9.9 when he sits, though Chicago's success with Mirotic could be a product of the (ironically) successful frontcourt pairing of Mirotic and Portis (Mirotic's net rating drops from plus-13.5 with Portis to minus-9.2 without him).

The Sun-Times reported last week that Mirotic and his representatives are standing firm on his trade request and that he is willing to waive the no-trade clause in his contract when he's eligible to be dealt January 15.

The Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson has also reported that the Jazz have expressed "preliminary interest" in the forward, but nothing is imminent.

The trade deadline is less than a month away and the National Basketball Association social media landscape is already littered with rumors. This would make the deal a lot easier to swallow on Utah's end, but also likely wouldn't be enough to "trick" Chicago into pulling the trigger on supposed first round picks. He wants to be traded, and for the rebuilding Bulls he is not part of the long-term future so it's wise to trade him now and get the most for him.

Detroit, for instance, could use another shooter like Mirotic to stretch the floor, and he'd be an upgrade at the least on the team's second unit. Mirotic has reiterated his trade demand in the past couple weeks. They are 11-7 since he returned. Last season, he averaged just 10.6 points per game. The team has been 12.6 points better per 100 possessions when he's on the court this season.

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The 26-year-old is shooting lights out this season, converting on 48.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 46.5 from beyond the arc.

Mirotic has a no-trade clause in his contract, but said he's willing to waive it.

It's unclear who the Pistons would be offering in the trade.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Chicago plans to trade Mirotic, though his contract stipulates that he can't be dealt before January 15 or without his permission. You can reach him on Twitter here.

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