Central Rumors: Leuer, Wood, Love, Bullock

Pistons big man Jon Leuer is expected to be ready by the season opener and perhaps by the start of training camp, Vince Ellis of Detroit Free Press tweets. Leuer underwent surgery to repair a meniscus issue that arose during a workout earlier this month. Leuer appeared in just eight games last season due to a left ankle injury that required season-ending surgery in January. The team is hopeful Leuer, who is entering the third year of a four-year, $42MM contract, can return his role as a rotation player at center and power forward.

We have more from the Central Division:

  • Christian Wood is confident he can earn a spot on the Bucks’ opening day roster, as he expressed to HoopsHype’s Bryan Kalbrosky. The 6’11’ Wood reached an agreement with Milwaukee on a training camp deal after posting big numbers on their summer league squad. “Once I get the time and people see me, I know that I can be an X-factor in the NBA. I can run the floor and beat other bigs and I’m faster than most people my size,” he told Kalbrosky.
  • Kevin Love had a pretty good idea that LeBron James would either pick the Lakers or stay with the Cavs, he revealed in an ESPN interview that was relayed by Alysha Tsuji of USA Today. “I knew it was probably between Cleveland and Los Angeles. I think he’s always looking for a different challenge. He’s always wondering what’s next, and it feels like sometimes he’s playing chess and everybody else is playing checkers,” Love said.
  • The Pistons have depth at the wing spots but Reggie Bullock will retain his starting spot under new coach Dwane Casey, MLive’s Ansar Khan writes. Bullock emerged as one of the league’s top 3-point shooters last season after being inserted into the lineup. He’s one of the league’s biggest bargains at $2.5MM, as Khan notes, and should get a much bigger contract as a free agent next summer if he has a similar season.
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8 thoughts on “Central Rumors: Leuer, Wood, Love, Bullock

  1. Danthemilwfan

    I absolutely loveeee Christian wood! He’s still so young. Reminds me of whiteside with work ethic. Hope the bucks hang onto him

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  2. Dionis

    I fully expect either Lillard or Butler on the Lakers by the trade deadline. Lavar is going to get Lonzo Ball traded, notice Lebron has stayed shut regarding Lavar. That’s why Love said Lebron is playing chess while everyone is playing checkers because Lebron knows Magic has the young pieces to move for a superstar if the Lakers get off to a slow start.

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      • Dionis

        Yea well Pelinka will make sure he puts two superstars around Lebron.

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      • See video of Duke’s exhibition with Williamson and Barrett dunking. Coach K said he won’t let them dunk during the season. With them expected to have 4 of the top 7 picks in next years draft, I’ll watch as many as I can. I doubt I’ll watch any Lakers games. I didn’t watch any last year. If the game doesn’t start by 8:30 here I don’t watch it.

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        • x%sure

          They may turn out last in the EC.

          I’m just being difficult.

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  3. Why does everybody have this obsession with trading Dame, he doesn’t wanna be trade, he is very happy at Portland, he isn’t a ring chaser, he’s the man, he’s a legend in Oregon & he doesn’t need to win a ring to be a legend of the league, the guy is a beast & will be one of the greats if he stays in Portland the rest of his career, so live him alone in there, another thing is Butler, no comparison to Dame. Though I cannot see him in the Lakers, specially for a young asset, maybe Hart at the most, counting it would be a couple month rental.

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