Although the 2017-18 NBA season started off terribly for Nikola Mirotic, he's bounced back in a tremendous way. The Bulls' talented power forward is averaging 17.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 46.5 percent from the three-point line.
With several teams interested in him, including Eastern Conference rivals, Chicago will try to get a first-round pick in return. However, those aren't the only suitors interested in Mirotic. There are four teams that are ahead of the pack.
4. Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers never saw themselves in the playoff picture after trading Paul George, but here they are. As the duo of Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner steal the show, the Pacers' lack of a supporting cast has been shown.
Trading for Nikola Mirotic might not be a significant move, when it comes to contending with the likes of the Celtics and Cavaliers, yet it could help push them up in the Conference. He'd immediately be their third-best scorer, as well as provide another post player opposite Turner. Even though Indiana might be reluctant to move draft picks, this makes sense.
3. Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers are loaded with talent. Whether its their star backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, or Jusuf Nurkic handling the center position, they have the build of a contender. Their biggest issue is depth, specifically with their power forwards.
While Noah Vonleh and AL Farouq-Aminu are solid pieces, neither are capable of scoring like Nikola Mirotic. In fact, Mirotic outscores them, combined. If they could add the Bulls' talented forward to their lineup, Portland would have every spot in their starting lineup filled with versatility. Most importantly, it might help get them into the second round of the postseason.
2. Detroit Pistons
The Pistons are currently hanging onto the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. As of right now, this team is built to make a quick stop in the playoffs. However, trading for Nikola Mirotic might solve some of their problems.
Stan Van Gundy has been known for wanting to stretch the floor offensively. While Tobias Harris provides that capability at the power forward spot, Andre Drummond can't at center. Perhaps a pairing of Harris and Mirotic could entice Van Gundy to go get another shooter. Considering the fact that Mirotic makes almost 2.8 three-point field goals per game, it would be a solid fit.
1. Utah Jazz
With Rudy Gobert still on the sidelines, the Utah Jazz have struggled to get production from their big men. As great as Donovan Mitchell has been, the Jazz will need to find extra help if they're going to make the postseason, which brings us to Nikola Mirotic.
Even though Mirotic isn't a star, trading for him could inject life into the team. It's become obvious that Derrick Favors doesn't fit in their offense. Swapping him for Mirotic would provide the Bulls with youth and the Jazz with offensive spacing. While it isn't the flashiest of trades, it could pay major dividends for Utah.