The NBA Draft is used by teams to add young talent and help with improvements, but the Chicago Bulls have a young star waiting in the wings in Europe and if the latest rumors are true, Nikola Mirotic could play sooner than later with the team.
The 21-year-old is 6'10" and a sharp-shooter from anywhere on the court. Last season the youngster shot over 40 percent from beyond the three-point arc and he has incredible awareness on the offensive end of the court, but the biggest question is his bulk. At just 210 pounds, Mirotic will need to add muscle to play with the larger bodies in the league or risk being pushed around by average players.
Recent reports had the youngster possibly joining the team in two years, but Bleacher Report writer Brett Ballantini has suggested the team offer a big cash buyout to Real Madrid and have the youngster playing in the NBA in the next year.
Last season, he averaged over 10 points and 4.5 rebounds in just 20 minutes of playing time, but he is not looking ahead as he told the Chicago Tribune he has goals he wants to meet in Spain. Money can also be a big persuader and the Bulls need another scorer, especially with All-Star guard Derrick Rose likely to miss most of the upcoming season with a knee injury suffered in last year's playoffs.