Central Rumors: Bulls, Redick, Pacers, Cavs, Hood

Before the Bulls signed Jabari Parker to a two-year, $40MM contract, they discussed using their salary cap room to accommodate a possible salary-dump deal with the Nuggets, sources tell ESPN’s Zach Lowe. Denver ultimately made that trade – which involved Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur – with the Nets instead of Chicago.

Lowe suggests that many rival executives would’ve preferred to do the deal the Nets did, acquiring a first- and second-round pick rather than adding another defensively challenged wing after having re-signed Zach LaVine. However, Lowe offers a counter, writing that many NBA teams and observers have been “guilty of fetishizing” those deals that see a team acquire a draft pick along with an unwanted contract. Sometimes, Lowe writes, it makes more sense to “chase talent” instead.

Here’s more from around the Central:

  • Zach LaVine spoke to Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com about his experience in restricted free agency and his enthusiasm for the Bulls‘ “offensive versatility.”
  • In an episode of The J.J. Redick Podcast, host – and Sixers guard – J.J. Redick admitted that he came close to a deal with the Pacers when he was a free agent earlier this month (link via Jordan Guskey of The Indianapolis Star). Redick ultimately re-signed with the Sixers on a one-year, $12.25MM deal, while Indiana completed a very similar contract with Tyreke Evans.
  • The Cavaliers are believed to be interested in signing Rodney Hood to a three-year contract, writes Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com. However, it’s not out of the question that Hood signs his qualifying offer with an eye on unrestricted free agency in 2019. Pluto also passes along some notes on Kevin Love‘s extension and Cleveland’s projected rotation in his latest Scribbles column.
  • Ed Stefanski has revamped the Pistons‘ front office in recent months, but he still wants to make one more hire, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com, who writes that the club is on the lookout for an executive who will oversee analytics and salary cap management.
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