Central Rumors: Turner, Bulls, Pacers, Cavs

NBA executives are praising the Pacers for their acquisition of Evan Turner because it improves their team, reduces payroll, and gives them leverage with Lance Stephenson when he’s a free agent next summer, tweets Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.  This may prove to be just a short-term rental for the Pacers as they swapped one pending free agent for another, but it’s definitely an upgrade for their club in the here and now.  Here’s more out of the Central..

  • Despite some rumors to the contrary, the Bulls showed no desire to move Mike Dunleavy because he’s an affordable rotation player who fits next season, writes K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.  For his part, Tom Thibodeau is satisfied with what was a quiet deadline for the Bulls.
  • The Cavs have a vacant roster spot and will fill it through free agency or a D-League signing, but GM David Griffin says that he’ll take his time to identify the club’s biggest need, tweets Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio.
  • With the Turner deal, the Pacers have sent a strong message to the Heat that they are ready to take it all this season, writes Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.  Turner will allow the Pacers to play small at times, matching up with teams that use quick lineups.  More importantly, he brings serious ball-handling skills to the table, which should help round out the Indiana offense nicely.
  • While the addition of Turner could be a boost on paper, Lang Greene of Basketball Insiders fears that the Pacers could be making a mistake by messing with their chemistry.
  • With the smart (but painful) trade, the Pacers put themselves in great position for the remainder of the year, writes Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.
  • If Roger Mason Jr, clears waivers, he could be a candidate for the Bulls when Jarvis Varnado‘s 10-day pact expires, tweets K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
  • In today’s presser, a reporter asked Griffin if he considers Cavs star Kyrie Irving an untouchable.  He explained that his philosophy is that no one is untouchable, tweets the Plain Dealer.  Meanwhile, Griffin says that he wasn’t close to a deal for Luol Deng, tweets Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio, but he added that if he didn’t listen, he wouldn’t be doing his job.
  • Amico gives Griffin a thumbs up for his first trade deadline as Cavs GM.

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DinosSavedMammals
1 year 6 months ago

The heat are in trouble. Turner and George plus Stevenson will give the heat backcourt fits but acquiring Lavoy Allen gives the pacers ANOTHER big body to use against the heat along with West Bynum and Hibbert.

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Z....
1 year 6 months ago

As I said in the thread where the trade was announced, this is an amazing deal for the Pacers…They get scoring off the bench that they really needed, but more importantly, they added a young, athletic wing with length that should flourish in their defensive system, and should really contribute against the Heat, who desperately need an athletic wing themselves. It also gives them insurance for Stephenson when they may not be able to keep him in the offseason…it seems executives are saying the same things. I’m interested in seeing how he fits in first before I make any definitive statements, but I really think that they got a lot better with this move. While I wasnt worried about them at all whatsoever before, I slightly am now. The Heat really need an athletic wing to help them in their matchup with OKC, and now with Indiana

 

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