Ahead of possible trades, Mirotic, Evans held out
NBA.com Global on Feb 01, 2018 10:20 AM
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 11: Nikola Mirotic #44 of the Chicago Bulls blocks a shot by Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics on December 11, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
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One day after rejecting a proposed trade to the Pelicans, the Bulls decided to shut down Nikola Mirotic until a mutually beneficial trade can be worked out ahead of the Feb. 8 (Feb. 9, PHL time) trade deadline.
“I got a call today and the decision was made to not play Niko tonight. That’s all I know at this point. We will reassess tomorrow.” Coach Hoiberg— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 1, 2018
Mirotic, who has been pushing for a trade out of Chicago since teammate Bobby Portis broke two of his facial bones with a punch on Oct. 17 (Oct. 18, PHL time), is averaging 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds while knocking down 42.9 percent of his three-point attempts.
Per ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Memphis Grizzlies are doing the same thing to guard Tyreke Evans.
As trade discussions involving Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans intensify, front office plans to sit him out until a deal is completed, league sources tell ESPN. He'll start sitting vs. Pacers tonight. Trade deadline is next Thursday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 31, 2018