Philly Front Office

Report: Sixers Interested in Nikola Mirotic

According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Philadelphia 76ers have expressed interest in New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic.

The last few days in the NBA have been crazy. Heck, most of the action has taken place off the court. The biggest storylines over the last few days have included Anthony Davis requesting a trade, Kristaps Porzingis getting traded and Kyrie Irving being mum about his future in Boston. 

The Anthony Davis situation provides some interesting trade scenarios for other players on the Pelicans. With the Sixers aiming to improve their depth as the trade deadline nears, one guy to keep your eye on is Nikola Mirotic. 

According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, Philadelphia is one team that has shown interest in the 27-year-old native of Yugoslavia. 

According to a league source, one team that has expressed interest in Mirotic is the Sixers, who have been eager to land a stretch-4 after having traded away Dario Saric in the Jimmy Butler package. New Orleans is seeking a first-round pick, and the Sixers have all their own first-rounders and a Miami first-rounder in 2021, plus an enormous stash of second-rounders: three (including Chicago’s) this year, three (including New York’s or Brooklyn’s) next year and four in 2021.

Mirotic has been sidelined with a calf strain for the last week or so and he also missed time in December with an ankle injury. That being said, he’s having an extremely productive season.

In 32 games, Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 44.7 percent from the floor and 36.8 percent from beyond the arc. 

Mirotic is on a $12.8 million expiring contract.

Deveney also mentions the Jazz as a team that has reached out to New Orleans about Mirotic. 

The NBA Trade Deadline is on February 7th at 3:00 p.m.

Brandon Apter

Brandon Apter writes about the Sixers and Phillies for 97.3 ESPN and Philly Front Office. A Philadelphia native, Brandon graduated from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2009. After working in Minor League Baseball for nine seasons, Brandon currently does Marketing & Social Media for Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

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