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Bucks F Nikola Mirotic Spurns NBA, Headed To Euroleague

A general view of the Milwaukee Bucks arena.

MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 3: General view of the Cleveland Cavaliers playing against the Milwaukee Bucks at Bradley Center on November 3, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

NBA free agency doesn't officially kick off for more than 24 hours, but rumors of potential signings are running rampant.

Perhaps the strangest news of the weekend revolved around Nikola Mirotic.

The Milwaukee Bucks big man was in the market for a solid contract from an NBA club, but decided to take his talents elsewhere.

According to a report from Sham Charania of the Athletic and Stadium, Mirotic signed with Barcelona of the Euroleague.

"NBA free agent Nikola Mirotic has decided to sign with Euroleague club Barcelona. Mirotic was in the market for $45-50M total in contract in the NBA," Shams revealed on Saturday afternoon.

Barcelona's offer to Mirotic has not been announced.

Mirotic, 28, started his professional basketball career in the Euroleague with Real Madrid - Barcelona's rival.

After the Houston Rockets selected Mirotic in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft, Mirotic was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then Chicago Bulls on draft night.

Mirotic signed with the Bulls ahead of the 2014-15 NBA season and played for the team until he was traded. New Orleans landed Mirotic in a trade before the 2018-19 season, but shipped him to Milwaukee just over a year later.

Now it looks like he's headed back to Spain.