Bulls trading Nikola Mirotic to Pelicans in exchange for three players, first-round pick

The Chicago Bulls have traded forward Nikola Mirotic to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

What It Means:

It looks like it's now official. Mirotic will join New Orleans and likely start at power forward beside Anthony Davis. The Pelicans are sending Omer Asik, Tony Allen, Jameer Nelson and a 2018 first-round pick with "minimal protections" to Chicago. Meanwhile, they'll get back a second-round pick, opening up a spot to sign Greg Monroe, who they are expected to pursue off waivers. The Bulls will reportedly consider waiving both Allen and Nelson.

Our models project Mirotic to average 17 points, 7.1 rebounds and 0.9 threes over 31.2 minutes and 26 games the rest of the year.