Central Notes: Pistons, Pacers, Bulls, Knight

When they explored the market for Reggie Bullock prior to last week’s trade deadline, the Pistons had options beyond the Lakers’ offer of a second-round pick and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, writes Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. According to president of basketball operations Ed Stefanski, the Pistons could have instead had two second-round picks in exchange for Bullock, but liked Mykhailiuk enough to take him in place one of those picks.

“Instead of getting two seconds, we got Svi and a second,” Stefanski said. “We know he’s a prospect. We know he can flat-out shoot the basketball and we’re excited about seeing if we can develop him. The idea of putting a name to a player and getting a second-round pick was intriguing to us as opposed to bringing in two second-round picks.”

As Langlois relays, one of the Pistons’ goals has been to acquire controllable – and cheap – players on rookie contracts, since the team’s cap is otherwise loaded with pricey veteran deals. The club achieved that goal at the deadline by landing Mykhailiuk and Thon Maker, who is one more year left on his rookie contract after this season.

Here’s more from around the Central:

  • Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders shares some details on the cash changing hands in a pair of Central trades. According to Pincus (Twitter links), the Pacers sent $110K to the Rockets in the Nik Stauskas/Wade Baldwin trade, and the Bulls received $2,610,464 from the Thunder in their trade involving Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Chicago, which has now maxed out the cash it can receive in 2018/19 trades, will receive that money from OKC in three installments worth about $870K apiece on the first of March, April, and May, Pincus notes (via Twitter).
  • In a podcast discussion with ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Bobby Marks mentioned in passing that Khris Middleton‘s name is one the Pacers have “circled” as a potential offseason target (Twitter link via Eric Nehm of The Athletic). Re-signing Middleton will be a top priority for the Bucks, who will also see Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Brook Lopez, and Nikola Mirotic reach free agency.
  • The Pacers‘ style of play and the promise of a starting job were key factors in luring Wesley Matthews to Indiana, as the veteran swingman confirms to J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star.
  • Brandon Knight has barely played over the last two seasons, and has seemingly become known more for his contract than his play on the court, after the Rockets dangled him in trade talks for much of the season. Now a member of the Cavaliers, Knight tells Ben Stinar of AmicoHoops that he remains confident he can recapture his previous form. “I had a full year off, but I’m still the same player,” said Knight, who averaged 19.6 PPG as recently as 2015/16.
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5 thoughts on “Central Notes: Pistons, Pacers, Bulls, Knight

  1. Pacers are weird. They won 7 straight before Oladipo got hurt, lost 4 straight, and now won 5 straight. Matthews chose the Pacers because he’ll start. The Pacers chose Matthews because he played for McMillan and Pritchard in Portland. The article that said the Pacers stopped taking calls on Aaron Holiday (Indianapolis Star) also said the Pacers intend to re sign Bojan Bogdonavich. His scoring has been over 20 a game since Oladipo went down. Turner and Collison have been scoring more too.

    • D$!LLKU$H-og

      Bogie is the man. I’ve been a fan since he was drafted and was pretty upset when the Nets traded him to the Wizards. He was gonna be restricted and the dude can just flat out score

  2. bdpecore

    I have a feeling some team like the Pacers is gonna offer Middleton a deal with an AAV
    of $30MM or more which will be an overpay.
    Not sure if the Bucks would be better off letting him walk and focus on resigning their remaining 4 free agents along with a veteran wing like Danny Green, Wesley Matthews or Trevor Ariza who will be half the cost.

  3. stevep-4

    Hilarious, check Luwawe-Cabarot’s salary. Bulls make a profit on TLC’s contract, they get $2mil more in the trade than they will pay him for the remainder of the season. Reinsdorf is all about the Benjamins.

    I hope that means a reduction in ticket prices!

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