One of the more underrated players in the NBA has made arguably the most surprising decision we’ll see this offseason. Instead of waiting for offers in free agency, Nikola Mirotic has decided to return to the EuroLeague for next season.
Mirotic has established himself as a solid role player in the league, averaging 12.3 points per game in his five-year career. He recently spent this year with the New Orleans Pelicans before getting traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The reasoning for Mirotic’s decision to sign with Barcelona isn’t exactly known, but the 28-year-old forward is sacrificing a lot of money to make this move.
According to Dave DuFour, Mirotic is going to Barcelona on a two-year deal that is worth $7 million.
NBA insider Marc Stein is reporting that teams were preparing three-year offers in the $45 million range for Mirotic.
It’s clearly a huge drop in salary for Mirotic, however, it’s possible that he simply enjoys or misses his lifestyle in Spain.
Correction: Mirotic’s deal with Barcelona is 7 million 💶 for 2 years per a source.
— Dave DuFour (@DaveDuFourNBA) June 29, 2019
Mirotic should excel in his return to the EuroLeague. After all, the past two seasons he became an important piece to two different playoff runs.
Usually, a move of this magnitude would undoubtedly be the shocker of the offseason. That might not be the case this time around as there are several stars up for grabs starting tomorrow.