Poll: Which Central Team Had Best Offseason?

When we asked last week which Atlantic and Northwest teams have enjoyed the best offseasons of 2017, there were a handful of teams deserving of consideration. Several of the 10 teams from those divisions landed star players or deftly maneuvered the salary cap to upgrade their rosters in other ways.

In the Central division, the candidates are a little less impressive.

The Bulls and Pacers were on the other end of two of those trades that sent All-Star players to Northwest teams, with the clubs trading away Jimmy Butler and Paul George, respectively. In both cases, the return left something to be desired — Chicago received Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and Lauri Markkanen, while the Pacers landed Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

Indiana has at least has made some savvy moves in the weeks since the George trade, picking up Cory Joseph, Darren Collison, and Bojan Bogdanovic on affordable contracts, while the Bulls have only re-signed Cristiano Felicio and added Justin Holiday.

The defending Central – and Eastern – champions may join those two teams soon in having traded away an All-Star player, but for now Kyrie Irving remains with the Cavaliers. Cleveland’s offseason grade is probably incomplete until we see what the team does with Irving, but so far the Cavs’ summer moves have been somewhat underwhelming. The additions of players like Derrick Rose, Jeff Green, Jose Calderon, and Cedi Osman were solid, but they were hardly the sort of transformative moves the clubs envisioned heading into the offseason.

The up-and-coming Bucks showed signs last season suggesting they could be an Eastern Conference force within the next year or two, but with Greg Monroe and Spencer Hawes opting into their respective contracts, Milwaukee’s flexibility to make additions has been limited. Outside of re-signing Tony Snell, the Bucks have essentially been quiet in free agency — the team’s most notable additions came in the draft, when D.J. Wilson and Sterling Brown joined the roster.

Of the five Central teams, the Pistons have perhaps been the most active in adding roster reinforcements, though your view of their offseason may hinge on how you feel about Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Detroit let its top restricted free agent walk, opting to replace him by signing Langston Galloway and trading Marcus Morris for Avery Bradley. Other minor moves for the Pistons included re-signing Reggie Bullock and adding Anthony Tolliver.

What do you think? Which of the Central division teams had the best offseason? Did any of these teams take positive steps forward with their summer moves? Vote below in our poll and then jump into the comment section to share your thoughts.

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10 thoughts on “Poll: Which Central Team Had Best Offseason?

  1. acarneglia

    Cleveland added a former all star and MVP in Rose, and decent role players in Green and Calderon. I think they are still the best in the division(as long as they still have Kyrie).

    • Dionis

      Bulls actually did, Dunn will get a chance to actually showcase himself and Lavine barring injury is a 20 ppg scorer and I’m not saying Markkanen is the next Dirk but he’s a stretch 5 who can actually put the ball on the floor and get his own shot. All the Bulls are missing is SF-PF and they could draft that in Michael Porter Jr.

  2. I didn’t vote because all of these teams had terrible offseasons.

  3. Grant

    Its really a matter of Avery Bradley, Derrick rose, DJ Wilson, Zach LaVine, or Bojan Bogdanovic/Victor Oladipo. The rest of the moves were minor/unproven and while might be good in the future for now look underwhelming.

  4. Connorsoxfan

    This is tough because all the moves were so mediocre all around. CLE wins if they get a massive haul for Irving. DET may have won if they resigned KCP. That would’ve prevented them from adding Bradley OR Galloway, but they could’ve still added one. MIL didn’t do much, though resigning Snell was good. IND had a great FA but kicked the George trade. I think Chicago did well in their return for Butler, but they didn’t do much of anything in FA. I guess I’d vote for Cleveland, just because everything else was underwhelming.

  5. GuruGray

    Pistons by default. At least they added a good player in Bradley. All of the other teams had terrible off-seasons. Milwaukee’s front office is a joke. Bulls and Pacers made terrible trades and will be trash. And obviously the Cavs situation.

  6. x%sure

    Milwaukee only needs to solidify, so doing very little should work.


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