Moments before the NBA season tipped off, news broke about Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis getting into an ugly altercation at a Chicago Bulls practice.
During the fight, Mirotic suffered a concussion and several facial fractures. The Bulls handed Portis an eight-game suspension.
It now appears that Mirotic won't accept Portis as a teammate, and has given Chicago an ultimatum:
Nikola Mirotic wants the Bulls to trade him or Bobby Portis. Mirotic is not tradeable until Mid January due to his deal (NBCS)— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) October 27, 2017
For Mirotic, accepting Portis' apology and moving on is a bridge too far.
When the scuffle broke out between the two players, the Bulls must have known that there would be more headaches to follow. All told, keeping both forwards around could only hurt the locker room and threaten the chemistry of a team already expected to bottom out in a big way this year.
However inconvenient it may be, it's time for GarPax to face the music and make a roster decision.