Pelicans add Nikola Mirotic from the Bulls
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)
New Orleans Pelicans press release
NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has acquired forward Nikola Mirotić and a 2018 second-round pick from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for center Omer Asik, guards Tony Allen and Jameer Nelson, and a 2018 first-round draft pick. In addition, Chicago will have the right to swap its 2021 second-round pick with New Orleans’ own 2021 second-round pick.
TRADE:— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 1, 2018
The #Pelicans have acquired forward Nikola Mirotić and a 2018 2nd-round pick from the Bulls
In exchange for: Omer Asik, Tony Allen, Jameer Nelson, and a 2018 first-round draft pick pic.twitter.com/RHWHjuXnGA
In addition, Chicago will have the right to swap its 2021 second-round pick with New Orleans' own 2021 second-round pick— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) February 1, 2018
Mirotić, 6'10", 220, has appeared in 25 games this season for the Bulls, posting averages of 16.8 points, while shooting .429 from three-point range, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.9 minutes. Originally drafted by the Houston Rockets with the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Montenegro native has appeared in 243 career regular season games for Chicago, averaging 11.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 23.0 minutes per game.
Asik, 7'0", 255, has appeared in 14 games this season for New Orleans, averaging 1.3 points and 2.6 rebounds. Originally acquired by the Pelicans in the summer of 2014, Asik has appeared in 189 regular season games for New Orleans, averaging 4.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per contest.
Allen, 6'4", 231, who was signed this past summer by New Orleans, has appeared in 22 games this season for the Pelicans, averaging 4.7 points and 2.1 rebounds.
Nelson, 6'0", 190, who was originally signed by the Pelicans in October, appeared in 43 games for New Orleans, posting averages of 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
Mirotić will wear #3 for the Pelicans. New Orleans’ roster now stands at 15, including two two-way players (Charles Cooke and Mike James).