Central Notes: Cavs, Azubuike, Monroe, Ellis

The Cavaliers picked up an extra first-round pick and some extra payroll flexibility when they sent Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga to the Lakers at the deadline for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono, and a first-round pick.  However, one downside to the deal is Walton's $6MM price tag for the 2012/13 season.  While some might expect the rebuilding Cavs to throw a buyout offer in the forward's direction, he said earlier this week that he has yet to receive one.  Here's more on the Cavs and other items out of the Central Division..

  • Bob Finnan of The News-Herald takes a shot at projecting the Cavs depth chart going into the team's intra-squad scrimmage today, and also lists the players he thinks won't make the regular season roster (Sulia link). Of note, he believes the team will cut Kelenna Azubuike, who has a guaranteed deal, while retaining the partially guaranteed contracts of Daniel Gibson, Samardo Samuels and Michael Eric.
  • There was talk of the Pistons shifting Greg Monroe over to power forward after acquiring two centers this summer, but Monroe says that he'll be staying at the five for the time being, writes David Mayo of MLive.com.
  • The Bucks were hesitant to part with Andrew Bogut in order to land Monta Ellis last season, but it's already clear that the sacrifice was worthwhile, writes Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel.  Ellis was asked about the perception that he would be an ideal sixth man for a contending team, but he dismissed that notion, saying that he could win a starting job on any club.

Chuck Myron contributed to this post.

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