A little less than a month ago, a rumor surfaced overseas that the Chicago Bulls could be interested in acquiring the draft rights for EuroLeague MVP Vasilije Micic.
The Serbian point guard was originally drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 2014 draft. His rights were then traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of the Al Horford deal in 2020. Rumors surfaced that Micic, 27, could finally look to make his way to the NBA after a career season with Anadolu Efes in Turkey this offseason. However, according to the official Anadolu Efes Twitter account, the MVP has inked a three-year deal to stay with the franchise.
While this connection between Micic and the Bulls never went anywhere past the rumor phase, it did feel like a marriage that made plenty of sense. Arturas Karnisovas has a strong knowledge of the NBA prospects overseas, and the Bulls are in desperate need of a floor general. Acquiring Micic would have come with some risk considering his lack of NBA experience, but the price to take him from OKC would have likely been platable. Not to mention, playing professionally in the EuroLeague since 2014 , Micic should have at least provided decent upside as a reliable off-the-bench guard.
Alas, Micic has opted to stay with the organization that helped win him an MVP, and I can’t blame him for that.