The Chicago Bulls are among the teams interested in EuroLeague Finals MVP Vasilije Micic, according to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer. Now, we know about what it might take to convince the 28-year-old point guard to play in the state.
Donata Urbonas of BasketNews.com reported that Micic is “willing to take the risk” to make the change. Micic has previously spoken of the stigma attached to European players being an obstacle.
However, Micic has attracted interest from the Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, and San Antonio Spurs in addition to the Bulls. Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype did not confirm Micic’s interest in playing in the NBA next season while also noting the defender’s expected price tag.
Micic is considered the best keeper in Europe. He averaged 18.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds with 1.1 steals last season, according to EuroLeagueBaskebtall.net. He shot from a distance of 58.2% but shot from a distance of 33.9% last season.
He has led his club, Anadolu Efes, to consecutive EuroLeague titles and won the MVP title of the tournament in 2021. Former Bulls striker Nikola Mirotic won it this past season. .
As Scotto reports, Micic wants to go to a “playoff team” because he wants to play in the NBA.
“Micic is looking for a salary close to the tax-free mid-level exception if he’s going to play in the NBA next season, league sources told HoopsHype.”
The Bulls will have access to this tax-free mid-tier exception this $10.3 million season, according to BlogABull.com’s Alex Kirschenbaum.
That should be enough financially. But the Bulls aren’t the only team looking to land Micic. The Nuggets are even getting support for the move from the reigning MVP, Nikola Jokic, according to Fischer’s latest update on the situation.
“Micic is still a hot name in the commercial market. OKC kept its draft rights, and Nikola Jokic is believed to be the driving force behind Denver’s interest in winning the EuroLeague MVP. “
In addition to the possibility of having to lock assets pending a decision to pursue Micic, the Bulls must weigh the value of such a contract.
All for one
According to ESPN’s David Kaplan, when the Bulls re-sign Zach LaVine as expected, their only means of improving the roster will be through mid-level exceptions, trades or minimum contracts. That adds to the meaning of every move they make.
Assigning the entire mid-level to Micic, while also consuming draft capital and/or a player who may not be the starter for a team with depth, is a problem.
It is also uncertain what the demand of the position is like.
While exploring their trading options, per NBC Sports Chicago’s KC Johnsonthe Bulls stood firm in the 2022 NBA Draft and picked Arizona’s keeper, Dalen Terry, with an 18th overall pick. That led to some questions about the state of Lonzo Ball’s health.
Ball has been dealing with a painful knee injury that has been surgically repaired, turning a six- to eight-week recovery into a season-ending player in just 35 games.
However, Bulls general manager Marc Eversley said he views Terry as more of a winger than a defender. He also said that, while he couldn’t give specifics about Ball’s condition, reports from the athletics team were “positive” about his media abilities on the night of the event. beautiful.
Chicago also has Ayo Dosunmu set to enter her second year after an impressive rookie season.
Much of the Bulls’ prospects depend on Ball being healthy.
Luxury mic needed?
If Ball is healthy, the Bulls won’t need Micic. But the lack of clarity on whether he would be ready to join training camp from Eversley is due to his injury history. He has played in a decreasing number of games per season over the last three seasons.
Despite missing that much time, Ball still ranks third above the Bulls in assist-to-hit ratio per teammate.
Micic doesn’t come up with flashy numbers. But he is an adept passer, especially in picking and rolling.
The Bulls ranked third in the number of plays completed by ball handlers and second in the number of plays completed by rollers during the regular season, according to NBA.com.
Micic is sure to add value as a veteran table cleaner with a background as a champion. But the Bulls still have other needs. Most notably, rim protection, which Eversley says is a priority to “complement” what Nikola Vucevic does.
However, his pass could be a boost for the Bulls’ big man if they have to go a long time without Ball again this season.
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