Central Notes: Lopez, Parker, Love, Carter, Pistons

It’s only a matter of time before Bulls center Robin Lopez and forward Jabari Parker are either traded or bought out, suggests Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. The Bulls are in fire sale mode and the Justin Holiday deal with the Grizzlies is just the start, Mayberry continues. Lopez has an expiring contract, while Parker has lost his rotation spot under new coach Jim Boylen. Lopez jokingly referenced in practice Friday how he could be the next shoe to drop with the front office in a seller’s mode, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune relays. “There’s kind of been a little shoe-dangling over the past couple years,” Lopez said.

Here’s more from the Central Division:

  • Cavaliers forward Kevin Love can progress with “select” basketball activities and continue to advance his therapy and strength and conditioning program, according to a team press release. Love has been targeting a mid-January from the foot surgery he underwent in early November and the latest news suggests the timetable hasn’t changed. There have been conflicting reports recently on whether the rebuilding team is interested in trading the power forward, who signed an extension during the offseason.
  • Bulls rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. has seen wild swings in his playing time but he’s not squawking about it, Mayberry reports in a separate story.  Carter played a season-low 13 minutes against Orlando on Wednesday and has played fewer than 20 minutes in five games since Boylen took charge. Carter blamed himself for his limited minutes against the Magic. “I don’t feel like I brought it,” Carter said. “I couldn’t get into a good groove. So I would have (taken) myself out.”
  • The Pistons’ cap situation will improve marginally this offseason, Rod Beard of the Detroit News notes. Reggie Jackson, Jon Leuer and Langston Galloway will also be entering the final year of their contracts and that could open up opportunities for the team to retool, Beard adds.
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14 thoughts on “Central Notes: Lopez, Parker, Love, Carter, Pistons

      • zpgreen

        And no clear plan to get out of the mess… I honestly don’t know what’s worse, Knicks under the Phil Jackson regime or Bulls over the past 2 years.

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    • ChiSoxCity

      They don’t have enough talent, but a #1 overall draft pick should fix that.

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    • thebare54

      Who Bulls or Paxton and the front office trade Parker to the Wolverines

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  1. x%sure

    Piston retooling should be successful, because they already have the stars. They can succeed next year with 2nd or 3rd level FAs.

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  2. stubby66

    So if Lopez and Parker get bought out is there a chance they could help the Bucks at all.

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  3. Who_Farted

    Didn’t realize the GEICO caveman played for the bulls.

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    • tammelinb

      Since the mid 80s? They’ve won 3 championships since then. Retooling for the last dozen years is more accurate…

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  4. DuffManCometh

    You know your team is in the crapper when Boylen’s your coach. He is the arsonist of many dumpster fires!

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