Central Notes: Griffin, Korver, Rondo, Leuer

Within a piece exploring a handful of David Griffin‘s underappreciated moves for the CavaliersBrian Windhorst of ESPN.com writes that the Cavs general manager will get right back to work after consummating a pair of deals last week. Having landed a veteran sharpshooter in Kyle Korver, Griffin will move on to the next item on the team’s wish list: a backup point guard.

Perhaps more interestingly, Windhorst also passes along a detail on Griffin’s contract, reporting that it’s set to expire at season’s end. Given the fact that he won a championship last year and has built a roster that looks capable of contending for years to come, Griffin shouldn’t be in any danger at all, so it will be interesting to see if he and the Cavaliers work out an extension anytime soon.

Here’s more out of the Central on the Cavs and some of their division rivals:

  • Korver didn’t have a memorable debut for the Cavaliers on Tuesday night, scoring just two points in 18 minutes. Still, he’s excited about his new home, calling Cleveland the “most talented team I’ve ever been on,” as Jason Lloyd of The Akron Beacon Journal details. LeBron James gave some advice to his new teammate this week, telling Korver he wants to see him shoot early and often, per Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
  • After sharing some candid thoughts on Tuesday about his recent benching, Rajon Rondo returned to the court for the Bulls later in the night, playing for the first time in 2017. As K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune reports, Rondo played well enough that head coach Fred Hoiberg said he expected the point guard to remain in the rotation going forward — for now, at least.
  • Jon Leuer, who had been starting for the Pistons, left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, and while Stan Van Gundy indicated it’s likely not serious, Leuer may miss a few games. Rod Beard of The Detroit News, who notes that rookie Henry Ellenson may receive some more minutes in Leuer’s absence, has the details and quotes.
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13 thoughts on “Central Notes: Griffin, Korver, Rondo, Leuer

  1. The Bulls have turned into a circus. I don’t understand benching Rondo for a month, but keeping him on the team. He’s a ticking time bomb. It’s fairly easy to see how this will all play out given his track record.

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    • Cubshoops5

      He was benched 5 games not a month, but nevertheless agreed

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    • Strauss

      Welcome to the world of Mr. Paxon. He’s another one who is part of the Reinsdorf posse that’s not held accountable.

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      • No accountability in Reinsdorf’s organizations whatsoever. None.

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        • ChiSoxCity

          Has Jerry EVER fired a GM or exec from the Bulls or White Sox?

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          • Ron Schuler prior to Ken Williams for white sox. Did Kraus quit or was he fired?

          • Djones246890

            Krause retired in 2003. He was a nightmare, from a player/manager relationship standpoint. Gee, see a trend here among Reinsdorf hires?

            I guess that’s what happens when there’s zero accountability, and zero threat of being fired. People get a little to egotistical and cocky.

            Same story with Gar/Pax.

        • Djones246890

          Exactly. It’s like the government. Just a guaranteed jobs program.

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  2. Yankees1991

    How about we send Rose back to Chicago? It will be better than Barnum and Bailey’s Circus…as a Knicks fan I completely understand your frustration. I don’t know how much more of Rose’s nonsense I can deal with.

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    • Been dealing with it for years. Almost worse is dealing with Chicago Rose fans who care more about him than they do the team. He’s developed a cult following of unapologetic Rose die hards who constantly spin his “adventures” as anyone else but Rose’s fault. Had a great MVP season (although LeBron had better numbers that year) but obviously hasn’t done much after that. It’s a sports tragedy for sure, but he’s now constantly surrounded by drama and IS the circus.

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    • Strauss

      And many NY fans thought they were getting a basketball savior. This guy is unreliable on the court. He’s self centered and he’s a real mess off the court. He’s some role model for his little son. Wait til his kid gets old enough to read about his fathers court case this past year.

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  3. Yankees1991

    Well, safe to say that Rose brought the circus to New York. Carmelo Anthony is no better; his personal nonsense has been distracting the team and organization since 2012. But Rose has only been here a few months and his exploits are all over the news. First the trial, then his disappearance during Monday’s contest. It’s to the point where it’s becoming toxic for a team that doesn’t need anymore outside distractions. Cut bait, and let Jennings and Baker run the point. Rather see Baker out there anyway. Kid plays for his roster spot every night.

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    • ChiSoxCity

      Yeah, there’s too much dysfunction in the NBA. I blame the ridiculous guaranteed contracts guys are getting these days.

      One or two good seasons in the league is all you need to be set for life. A little success turns respectable players into ego-tripping jerks seemingly overnight.

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