Central Notes: Bradley, Cousins, Cavaliers

There haven’t been many people outside of Detroit praising the Pistons for how they handled their offseason, a Detroit News report claims, but one move that’s gotten recognition is the addition of Avery Bradley.

Bradley joins a Pistons team that got off to a slow start in 2016/17 and never fully recovered. When the club breaks camp this October, they’ll look to Bradley as a featured contributor both on and off the floor. The vaunted perimeter defender will step into what could be the largest offensive role of his career and could even, according to at least one reporter, make a case for an All-Star berth.

The report draws attention to a recent feature from CBS’ Brad Botkin. In the piece, Botkin compiled a list of five under-the-radar NBA moves from the summer and thinks that the 26-year-old entering into a contract year could be a major upgrade for the Pistons over the outgoing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

There’s more from the Central Division:

  • In his list of five under-the-radar offseason moves, CBS’ Brad Botkin writes that the Cavaliers will get a perimeter defender, the likes of which they lacked last season, in recently acquired forward Jae Crowder.
  • The Cavaliers will remain contenders following the Kyrie Irving trade but uncertainty abounds for the franchise. Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com dredges up some of the instabilities that the organization will have to address in the coming months.
  • We’ve written about how the Pelicans have at least a passing interest in Iman Shumpert. Bryan Kalbrosky of Hoops Hype has taken things one step further, amalgamating various hypothetical deals that could unfold between the Pels and Cavaliers. It’s unlikely that a Shumpert trade would escalate to the point of DeMarcus Cousins and the Brooklyn first-rounder changing hands but there’s at least some merit to the speculation.
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8 thoughts on “Central Notes: Bradley, Cousins, Cavaliers

  1. acarneglia

    If Cleveland could do Shumpert, Zizic, Frye, Brooklyn 1st and a future first for Cousins I think it would work

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    • x%sure

      The numbers work there but there are better C prospects high in the ’18 draft… also in Memphis! And Memphis is likely to falter first.

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  2. joemoes

    The Pelicans aren’t just going to trade cousins for a first round didn’t they trade a first for cousins last year ? Depends where they are at the all star break. And most likely the Pelicans will be vying for a playoff spot. Is a half a year of cousins worth that first rounder ? That might be the top asset in the NBA.

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    • Faiz1128

      that first rounder could be a top 5 pick, and there is no guarantee that cousins will resign, if the cavs added shumpert and Frye to the deal it would work

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  3. x%sure

    The Cavs are not in a good position to sign Cousins next year for a probable max unless Love was traded for him and even that is a squeeze. (Cannot count on James leaving)
    And so Cousins is likely a rental and after matching (Frye, Shumpert) is not worth a high 1st and that is likely not enough to knock Demps off his plan. Probably neither is Thompson for Cousins, or according to the article, Etwan Moore for Shumpert.
    A midseason trade doesn’t give Cousins much time to step it up to a GSW series level.

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  4. x%sure

    N.O. should just go after Cunningham. Can’t they go over the cap to sign him? He played there last year! Maybe it comes out of Demps’ salary if he goes over :D

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  5. Pihc123

    Cavs will be adding Melo and DWade at least before the trade deadline. I can’t see any kind of trade the cavs would be willing to make with the Pels or vice- versa for Boogie. Love Will and should stay put. Plus a half season of Boogie is t going to help the cavs in the finals without the players the Pels would want in a trade.

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  6. Faiz1128

    the cavs could jump on gasol if he gets put on the trade market

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