Bucks' Nikola Mirotic recruited Pau Gasol, told him team was 'special'

It didn’t take long for Nikola Mirotic to make an impact on Milwaukee.

The forward was traded to the Bucks by the Pelicans in February and has played just six games for his new team. But, during Mirotic’s short time in Milwaukee, he has already helped recruit Pau Gasol, telling his fellow Spaniard about the “special” organization. 

Gasol then signed with the Bucks last weekend.

“I said, ‘Listen, man, I really feel this team is special and if you want to be part of something special you should join this team,’”  Mirotic said he told Gasol, via the Journal Sentinel. 

Gasol said Mirotic, a former teammate of his in Chicago, texted him hourly last Friday in anticipation of San Antonio buying out his contract. It didn’t take long for Gasol to make a decision once he became a free agent.

Gasol is a six-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion. He is averaging career lows of 4.2 points and 4.7 rebounds in his 18th season.

Mirotic, on the other hand, is averaging 12.2 points and 5.3 rebounds since joining Milwaukee.

The Bucks have the best record in the NBA with a mark of 48-15.