Bulls sitting Nikola Mirotic, Grizzlies sitting Tyreke Evans in advance of trade deadline

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The Bulls nearly traded Nikola Mirotic to the Pelicans. The Grizzlies’ Tyreke Evans is also hot on the trade block.

That’s why neither will likely play again for his current team before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago:

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The primary reason to sit a player in this situation is avoiding injury. The Bulls and Grizzlies don’t want their player’s trade value getting undercut now.

But there’s also another reason to sit them, and it’s the same reason they’ll likely get traded: Mirotic and Evans are too good. Each player has helped his team win during a season it’d be better served losing and improving draft position. It’s too late for Chicago and Memphis to win meaningfully this season. They should build the future.

That starts with dealing Mirotic and Evans in trades that seem increasingly inevitable.