Central Notes: Bucks, Mirotic, Bulls, Collins, Love

The Bucks are looking to improve on their 42-win campaign and they’re banking on continuity to give them a boost in the standings, Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel writes. Milwaukee has hardly made any changes to its roster this offseason, with 13 of 15 players who finished last season with the team still under contract.

“[Continuity is] going to be huge, I think, with training camp being a little shorter,” Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said. “The veteran teams are going to have the advantage — there’s not a lot of time before your first game. Just understanding that continuity is big for us. We’re still young, but hopefully, we feel we’re going in the right direction. Hopefully, we can use that to our advantage early on in the season.”

Here’s more from the Central Division:

  • Nikola Mirotic remains on the market, albeit as a restricted free agent, and executive Bulls VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson indicates that the power forward’s qualifying offer is still on the table, as Nick Friedell of ESPN.com tweets. The power forward will make approximately $7.23MM this upcoming season should he accept his qualifying offer, and has until October 1 to do so.
  • The Bulls hired Doug Collins as a senior advisor on Tuesday, and he expects to do just that — advise. During his introductory press conference, the former head coach indicated that he won’t return to the sidelines to coach the Bulls “under any circumstances,” and stressed that he won’t have decision-making power in the front office (Twitter links via K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune).
  • Tyronn Lue won’t commit to Kevin Love as his starting center, though the Cavaliers coach said the UCLA product will be more involved in the offense this upcoming season.“Right now we’re just trying to get all of our pieces together and right now Tristan [Thompson]‘s our starter,” Lue tells Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. “I’m just thinking we’re going to run a lot more stuff through Kevin, more at the elbows, like we’ve done the last year and a half. Just trying to figure out with our new pieces and our new players and just see what works best for us.”

Luke Adams contributed to this post.

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4 thoughts on “Central Notes: Bucks, Mirotic, Bulls, Collins, Love

  1. Love needs to play the 5. Bring crowder in to play the small ball 4 like they did in Miami with Shane Battier. This will work a lot better for LeBron and Love who can now focus on being paint players instead of having Thompson clog the lane.

  2. ChiSoxCity

    At this point, Doug Collins should get the green light to do whatever the hell he wants to do for the Bulls. Any rebuild involving GarPax is not a rebuild. When will those two knuckleheads learn that you won’t catch the warriors or LeBron drafting non-athletic, one-dimensional players? It’s the NBA, not the YMCA.

    • bravesfan88

      I agree mostly with your point…Although, I think they have more of a tendency to draft unathletic, versatile players….Players that are slow, and can do a little bit of everything, but they aren’t great at anything…Which is just exasperated by the fact that they are so unathletic…lol…

      But ANYONE else should be making decisions, other than the three-headed giant terd that is GarPaxDorf….I can only truly hope that Doug Collins was just blatantly lieing to us all!! lol

      • bravesfan88

        Should be “exacerbated”, although GarPaxDorf and the word exasperate frequently go hand in hand

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