Now, however, with the Pelicans agreeing to guarantee Mirotic's $12.5M team option for next season, the deal is on its way.
Mirotic's contract situation caused problems for New Orleans, as the Pelicans weren't ready to commit to guaranteeing Mirotic's contract for next season.
Monroe, who was traded to Phoenix from Milwaukee earlier this season, is averaging 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in 25 games this year. The Pelicans will also get a second-round pick. That means that the upcoming trade deadline is going to either be full of surprises or really bland for the Jazz. And when Darius Miller (42.1 percent this season, 39.4 percent) swaps in for Rondo and moves Holiday to the point, New Orleans will have one of the league's better shooting fivesomes. The internet will never forgive them for straight-up selling the second-rounder that became Jordan Bell, and now the team seems willing to take on money for draft picks. Both he and Allen are expected to be waived. Though they slumped of late, the Bulls are still 14-11 with Mirotic and 4-22 without him.
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On Tuesday, it was reported that the New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls were making a trade. Would you rather have a first- and second-round pick next year or two first-round picks, which they now have?
I'd say probably not. I'm not regretting any decisions I made this summer.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry spoke to Monroe in the aftermath of his buyout, according to a report from ESPN. They have a nice young core, but they need another top pick in this loaded draft, and Mirotic's departure should help them get a higher pick.
While this isn't a total surprise due to how the last few days have gone, it's nice to finally get some clarity and closure on what to expect moving forward. Once the team option was exercised, Mirotic no longer owned power to veto the deal. According to sources, he didn't love the Bulls publicly acknowledging his role as aggressor in the Portis altercation, or the fact Portis was allowed to practice during his eight-game suspension. The Bulls also waived forward Quincy Pondexter to create the needed roster space to acquire two extra players in the trade.