The All-Star break doesn’t officially begin until the end of tonight’s pair of games, but the Bucks are already mathematically eliminated from contention for the Central Division title. Milwaukee’s 13 and a half games out of the playoffs with 30 games to go, so it shouldn’t be too much longer before the team has nothing left to play for this season, which suggests changes are on the way with the deadline just one week off. Here’s the latest from the Central:
- Bulls executive VP of basketball ops John Paxson says the team is unlikely to make a move at the deadline, as Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times observes.
- Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News figures the Pistons will continue to try to make the playoffs rather than sell off assets at the deadline, and he argues it’s the right course. If the Pistons fall back into the lottery and wind up with a top eight pick this year, there’s the chance the pick they owe the Bobcats could wind up being the No. 2 overall selection in 2015, as Wojnowski points out.
- New Cavs GM David Griffin‘s relaxed approach in dealing with players differs from predecessor Chris Grant‘s “tough love,” as Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio examines.