Southeast Division: Magic, Bobcats, Thomas

Hawks coach Larry Drew was in a strange position for a few months as it was long believed that Atlanta would not re-sign him to a new deal for 2013/14 and beyond.  The club got their man earlier this week in Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer, but Drew wasn't out of work for very long.  Yesterday, he agreed to become the next head coach of the Bucks and inked a three-year deal that includes a club option for year four.  It's not a surprise to see that Drew wasn't between jobs for long given what he accomplished in Atlanta.  Under his watch, the Hawks posted a 128-102 record and went to the playoffs in all three years.  Here's more out of the Southeast Division..

  • The HoopsWorld staff held a roundtable discussion on what the Magic should do with the No. 2 overall pick.  Yannis Koutroupis goes outside of the box and suggests that Orlando should grab Victor Oladipo rather than Trey Burke or Ben McLemore.  Koutroupis reasons that Oladipo is tough enough on the defensive end where he could potentially play with Arron Afflalo if needed, but more importantly could make Afflalo expendable if another team covets him in a trade. 
  • HoopsWorld also took a look at the Bobcats' No. 4 overall selection.  Derek Page suggests that Charlotte should tab Alex Len, who would be a virtual lock to still be on the board at that time.  The Maryland big man is expected to be a top-5 pick despite likely being on the shelf to start next season, but that isn't likely to scare away a Bobcats squad that’s not banking on contending next season.
  • Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld ran down the teams still eligible to use the amnesty clause, including the Bobcats, Hawks, and Heat.  Charlotte's Tyrus Thomas would appear to be a candidate for the amnesty clause.

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