The biggest signing of a summer ago has become the biggest contract extension of this preseason as FC Barcelona and superstar power forward Nikola Mirotic have decided to stay together through 2025! Mirotic (2.08 meters, 29 years old) had signed a three-year deal with an option for another when he joined Barcelona in the summer of 2019, meaning that this new agreement adds two years to their relationship. Mirotic had a spectacular first season with Barcelona. He ended the last pandemic-shortened EuroLeague season ranked second in performance index rating (22.5 per game) and fourth in both points (19.0) and rebounds (6.9) among all EuroLeague players. His two game-winning shots helped Barcelona, which had missed the playoffs the previous two seasons, hold a tie for second place with Real Madrid with a 22-6 record when the season was suspended and eventually canceled. He was later voted the MVP of the Spanish League.
"I'm very happy, very appreciative to the club for this opportunity, and very content to extend this contract: 2025 sounds good, doesn't it?" Mirotic said. "I'll spend many years wearing this jersey, and hopefully it will include many successes. I can't wait to reward the club for its confidence in me."
That was the first season back in the competition for Mirotic, after having spent five years in the NBA, where he appeared in 319 games averaging 12.3 points and 5.9 rebounds with Chicago, New Orleans and Milwaukee. Mirotic is a two-time EuroLeague Rising Star Trophy winner and a two-time All-EuroLeague selection from his time with Real Madrid, the club where he made his professional debut and a EuroLeague debut as an 18-year old in 2009. In total, Mirotic has played 125 games so far in the EuroLeague, and has career averages of 12.6 points 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists. During his career, Mirotic has also been a member of the Spanish national team, with whom he won the gold medal at EuroBasket 2015 and a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.