The Bucks have looked good since acquiring Eric Bledsoe, and they’ll get another infusion of talent in the coming months, with Jabari Parker working to return from an ACL tear. Gery Woelfel of The Racine Journal Times provides an update on Parker’s recovery, writing that the young forward is “running hard, cutting hard, doing pull up jumpers, and making crisp, sharp spin moves” in workouts at Milwaukee’s practice facility.
According to Woelfel, some Bucks officials “swear” that Parker would be capable of returning to the court right now. However, a source tells Woelfel that the team continues to take a cautious approach with the former second overall pick and will stick to a February target date for his return, as originally planned.
Here’s more from around the Central division:
- Having agreed last season to work as a consultant for Milwaukee, Kevin Garnett made his first 2017/18 appearance at a Bucks practice this week. As Matt Velazquez of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel details, Garnett worked closely with Thon Maker on Tuesday, and also put Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton through workouts.
- In his latest mailbag for The Detroit Free Press, Vince Ellis explores the possibility of a Pistons reunion with Greg Monroe, suggesting the team should consider the possibility of sending a first-round pick to the Suns along with Jon Leuer and Boban Marjanovic for Monroe. Meanwhile, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com fields Pistons-related questions in a mailbag of his own, explaining why he doesn’t expect Leuer to be dealt and addressing whether Detroit needs to add a scoring small forward.
- What kind of roster move should the .500 Cavaliers make? Five ESPN writers, including Kevin Pelton, Brian Windhorst, and Dave McMenamin, tackled that question, and while their answers varied, the most common response was that the club could use a rim-protecting center. Pelton suggests that the Cavs could dangle Channing Frye and a second-round pick if they explore that possibility.