Eastern Notes: Bulls, Bobcats, Pistons

May 18 at 10:00am CST By Eddie Scarito

Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times thinks Lance Stephenson or Thabo Sefolosha would be good backup targets for the Bulls if Chicago makes a failed attempt at signing Carmelo Anthony in free agency.

More from the east:

  • The Bobcats could have two first-round draft choices this summer. They own the Trail Blazers pick at number 24, and if the Pistons pick falls outside of the top eight it goes to Charlotte as well. Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer looks at who the team might select with their picks.
  • The Pistons are looking at players who can shoot three-pointers in the draft, notes Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press. Two players on their radar are Doug McDermott and Nik Stauskas, according to Ellis.
  • Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com examines the possibility of Mark Jackson coaching the Knicks.
  • Despite all the focus on the upcoming NBA Draft, Celtics GM Danny Ainge still thinks the team’s biggest focus will be on improving the existing players on their roster, writes Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald.
  • Time will tell if Stan Van Gundy and Pistons owner Tom Gores can co-exist, writes Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News. The article examines the personality differences between the two men and how it may affect their relationship.
  • The biggest impediment in the Cavaliers coaching search might be owner Dan Gilbert‘s reputation, writes Mitch Lawrence of The New York Daily News. Gilbert is known as a non-stop screamer and the very definition of a hands-on owner, and that was one of the primary reasons that Kevin Ollie denied interest in the position, notes Lawrence.
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