Eastern Notes: Stone, Oubre, Celtics, Bucks

Julyan Stone‘s agent is hopeful of freeing his client from a European contract so that the point guard can sign with the Hornets, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. Charlotte has offered Stone a two-year deal to be its third point guard behind Kemba Walker and Michael Carter-Williams but he first must be released from the contract he signed with Reyer Venezia in the Italian pro league. Stone’s agent, Giovanni Funiciello, told Bonnell that he’s hopeful a compromise can be worked out this week so that Stone can remain in the U.S. and be close to his ailing father.

In other news around the Eastern Conference:

  • Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis hopes that small forward Kelly Oubre develops to the point where he has to pay the 2015 first-round pick “a lot of money,” Chase Hughes of CSNMidAtlantic.com writes. Leonsis indicated that Oubre was slowed by a knee injury last season and that coach Scott Brooks believes Oubre “can be a difference maker.” The Wizards are expected to pick up Oubre’s fourth-year option for 2018/19 prior to the start of the upcoming season, setting up Oubre for a potential big payday in the summer of 2019.
  • All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas is very pleased with the Celtics’ offseason, highlighted by the free agent signing of forward Gordon Hayward, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com tweets“We added Gordon Hayward, which is an All-Star-caliber player that’s going to help us get to the next level — and that’s the championship,” Thomas told Forsberg.
  • Jordan Brady has been named the first head coach of the Bucks’ G League team, the Wisconsin Herd, the Herd announced in a press release. Brady, 34, served as an assistant coach last season for the Salt Lake City Stars, the Jazz’s affiliate. He has also been an assistant coach with three other G League organizations.
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9 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Stone, Oubre, Celtics, Bucks

  1. acarneglia

    Why is Reyer Venezia giving Stone such a difficult time with getting out of his contract. All Stone wants to do is return stateside to be able to take care of his sick father.

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    • Luckylefty2

      They’re giving him a hard time because once he found out he had a NBA deal all of a sudden he has to stay home, but I’m pretty sure his father was sick when he signed his 2 year extension with the club.

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      • acarneglia

        Yeah but his condition could’ve worsened in the time he’s been in Italy

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  2. Celtics are about 5 levels away from competing for a championship. Weakest 1 seed of all time

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    • Spyglass1

      Totally agree – Celtics are average and got above average with GH. Cavs would win playoff series even without Irving

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      • Yeah 100% they could sweep them even if they traded Irving for literally nothing. People seem to forgot that cavs were beating them by 50 one game.

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        • Brackish Hippo

          The Celtics are the only team to beat Golden State on their homecourt each of the past two seasons. Try again.

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