The Chicago Bulls are looking for guard help this offseason, and it is likely they won’t find it in the NBA draft. While there is a chance the Bulls leap into the top four and keep their first-round pick, it is more likely that the Orlando Magic have their pick come draft time. As such, the Bulls will have to look to free agency or the trade market. A surprise option in that market was announced today. The Bulls are rumored to be interested in trading for the rights to EuroLeague MVP guard Vasilije Micić. On Twitter, Daniel Greenberg announced the news.
Who is Micić?
Vasilije Micić is a 27-year-old guard who currently plays for Anadolu Efes in the Turkish Super League/EuroLeague. He has been playing professionally in Europe since he was 16, and the Philadelphia 76ers drafted him in the second round in 2014. Of course, Micić did not come over and play in the NBA when he was drafted at age 20, and he remains overseas seven years later. The 76ers traded Micić to the Oklahoma City Thunder in December of 2020 as part of the Al Horford deal.
Micić had an outstanding 2020-21 EuroLeague season, which might explain the Bulls’ current interest in trading for his rights. The guard averaged 16.7 PPG and 4.9 APG on 48.9% shooting from the field and 38.9% shooting from three on 4.8 attempts per game. For his efforts, Micić was named EuroLeague MVP.
His agent, Miodrag “Miško” Ražnatović, announced that Micić is ready to play in the NBA. However, Ražnatović also stated he won’t let Micić come to the NBA just to ride the bench. He communicated that, if there is not a rich offer both monetarily and considering playing time, Micić will have to wait “a few more years.”
What’s Micić’s Game Like?
Micić is more of a scoring guard, but he flashes great potential with his facilitation. Still, he led Anadolu Efes in both scoring and assists in the 2020-21 season. He’s quick and uses his speed and body control well both on the perimeter and attacking the basket. He is not the most vertically explosive athlete, but he uses his quickness and craftiness to get to the hoop for layups. He finishes well going into the bodies of bigger defenders. However, he may have a harder time doing that against the athletic bigs in the NBA. If you watch highlights of Micić, you may see some flashes of Goran Dragić.
Micić has a quick shooting motion that does not involve him getting much lift from the floor. He may be susceptible to having those shots blocked or challenged by quicker closeouts in the NBA. Still, his shooting stroke is smooth from deep and from mid-range. In terms of ball handling, Micić plays fast. Sometimes, it gets a little too fast and he can get out of control or into tough situations. He was the primary ball handler for Anadolu Efes, but he still averaged 3.1 turnovers per game. A 1.58 Assist/Turnover Ratio isn’t pretty, but it is manageable.
What to Make of the Bulls’ Interest
The Bulls need guard help, and they may be a team that can offer Micić the playing time he desires right away. He may not be someone that supplants Coby White, but he could fill the minutes Tomáš Satoranský did this past season. In terms of what the Thunder would want back, that is tricky to assess. It’s not like OKC needs more draft capital. It is tough to assess, maybe it is Satoranský and future picks heading back to OKC. Perhaps OKC has interest in Lauri Markkanen on a sign-and-trade. No matter what, Vasilije Micić heading over to the NBA and putting on a Bulls uniform would be a welcome sight.