Central Notes: Pistons, Thompson, Hunter

The Cavs are doing everything possible to make sure that Kyrie Irving will be ready for Wednesday night against the Hawks, including giving him rest.  The point guard sat out of practice on Friday in an effort to heal up.

We sat Ky out and he’s going through a lot of treatment and we’re monitoring and just hoping that he progresses from here until game time,” coach David Blatt said, according to Tom Withers of The Associated Press. “We’re very much on top of this obviously and Ky is doing everything he possibly can to get well.”

Here’s a look at the Central Division..

  • Per the terms of the Ben Gordon deal, the Pistons sent their first-round choice to the Hornets last year. Considering the underwhelming rookie performance of the top-heavy 2014 draft class, that might have been for the best, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press writes. Since the pick was only No. 1-protected for this draft, the Pistons likely would have lost it at Tuesday’s lottery if they had kept it last year.
  • Before the season started, many thought Tristan Thompson was making a big mistake in turning down a massive contract offer from the Cavs.  Now, it looks like his gamble will pay off, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun writes.  Thompson could have chosen the safe route and accepted Cleveland’s offer, reported to be worth $13MM per year over four seasons.  Now, after a good season and filling in admirably for Kevin Love in the playoffs, he stands to get at least that much and maybe more.
  • Vince Hunter grew up watching the Pistons and he would relish the opportunity to return to play for his hometown team, Rod Beard of The Detroit News writes. “It would be a great opportunity for me to be in Detroit,” he said.  The UTEP guard averaged 14.9 points and 9.2 rebounds, shooting 53% from the field last season.
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