Central Notes: Johnson, Paxson, Green

There haven’t been any reported indications that the Pistons are pursuing a specific trade, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press notes, but the asset he posits would be most valuable if they were is third-year man Stanley Johnson.

Ellis cites the interest that Johnson drew at the trade deadline as the biggest indication that teams would still be interested in taking a flyer on the intriguing physical specimen. In addition to his impressive 6’7″, 235-pound, NBA-ready frame, the Pistons forward also has a palatable contract that would serve a contending team well.

Involved in a deal or not, however, this season marks Johnson’s best chance to succeed as he’ll break camp as the most natural small forward on the Pistons’ roster.

Ellis suggests that Henry Ellenson and Luke Kennard wouldn’t be quite as valuable considering their lack of NBA success and that the biggest limitation on Andre Drummond‘s trade value would be his hefty contract.

There’s more from the Central Division:

  • The man calling the shots in Chicago’s front office is John Paxson. The Bulls executive is as powerful as ever, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune writes. The new perspective – especially new after the arrival of Doug Collins this week – could serve them well as they officially embark on a rebuild.
  • As Jeff Green settles into life with the Cavaliers, he does so with a unique connection to the city of Cleveland. The forward, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com writes, underwent major heart surgery at the world-famous Cleveland Clinic back in 2012.
  • Expect second-year Pistons forward Henry Ellenson to vie for a larger role in 2017/18. As Rod Beard of The Detroit News writes, the sophomore forward has been focusing specifically on improving his defense and three-ball, two qualities that head coach Stan Van Gundy is known to put great stock in.
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7 thoughts on “Central Notes: Johnson, Paxson, Green

  1. Luckylefty2

    I completely forgot about Stanley Johnson. Detroit and Miami sh** the bed on that draft night.

    • Philly Fan

      I saw Stanley at the Nike Academy this summer and if he’s Detroit’s starting sf, then they’re going to have a tough time making the playoffs.

    • lol you’re a saltics fan arnt you? Little upset that Miami didn’t take your 6 draft picks so you could get a future stud?

      • Hahaha I just remembered you took that bust brown with the number 3!!!! Pick. So you miss out on the trade then take a poverty stricken mans version of Winslow with the number 3!!!! Pick when we got Winslow at 10…. LOL


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