Central Notes: Pistons, Cavs, Irving

July 20 2014 at 10:28am CDT By Eddie Scarito

The Pistons have turned over a third of their roster this offseason, and new president and coach Stan Van Gundy has been the architect of that change. David Mayo of MLive examines the team’s moves and believes Detroit may have lost ground in the Eastern Conference with all the improvements made to the Cavs, Bulls, Hawks, and Hornets rosters.

Here’s more out of the Central Division:

  • Van Gundy believes being the president and coach of the Pistons is an advantage when recruiting free agents, writes Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. Van Gundy said, “I can present the roster and talk about roles free agents could play. If you’re talking to them as a coach, it’s probably a little more realistic than just the front office — so a slight advantage, but not a whole lot.” Still, Van Gundy does admit that money is the biggest factor, saying “It’s not as much an advantage as money. My experience with the NBA is about 99.9% of the time the guy takes the best contract offer. Most guys aren’t going to make a big sacrifice, so money is No. 1, but then there are all kinds of things after that.
  • With all the buzz about a potential Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett trade being in the works, Kyrie Irving isn’t worried if the Cavs complete the deal or not, writes Cameron Moon of the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Irving claims he hasn’t seriously thought about the deal being made, and also said, “There are so many guys who have inside sources. Until it happens and I get the call from our GM, other than that I haven’t really considered anything.
  • The Cavaliers have had quite a busy and surprising offseason so far. The crew at Basketball Insiders (video link) break down all the moves the team made and what they mean for the franchise going forward.

One thought on “Central Notes: Pistons, Cavs, Irving

  1. Hold off on trading the house for Love. Bosh’s PER ranged from 22.1 – 25.0 in Toronto ages 21-25. His PER dropped to 18.9 – 20.0 in Miami. That 26 & 10 won’t hold up like Bosh’s 22 & 10 didn’t hold up. They can go that route & deplete the depth or fill out the roster by trading for
    1) Ryan Anderson PF – better shooter than Love, 8.5 MM contract, coming off neck surgery & might be had cheaper.

    2) John Henson PF/C – Shot Blocker, Rebounder to compliment sideshow bob.

    OR
    signing
    1) Evan Turner (seriously stick him at PG and have him guard the PG to back up Irving)
    2) Tire kick on Okafor as a backup to sideshow bob.

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