Central Notes: Rose, Beilein, Giannis, Brogdon

Guard Derrick Rose signed with the Pistons because he feels the team can contend, Vince Ellis of the Free Press writes. Rose inked a two-year, $15MM deal with Detroit in free agency to lead its second unit. “I’ve had all the accolades in the past. I’m past that. Now I want to win,” he said. “The only thing on my résumé I’m missing is a championship and being here, seeing what happened last year with the Raptors in (the) East, you never know what can happen.”

We have more from the Central Division:

  • The Cavaliers are amazed by new coach John Beilein’s work ethic and the 66-year-old’s energy level, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. “He has more energy than I do,” forward Larry Nance Jr. said. “He’s always going, always has something on his mind, always something he’s ready to talk about, teach and coach. It’s really exciting to see because as a player that’s what you want. You want somebody that is so eager to get started that they can’t even slow down.
  • The Bucks bet on continuity in their efforts to convince Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign a super-max extension next summer, Matt Velazquez of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes. They managed to re-sign Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and George Hill in free agency and only lost one starter, Malcolm Brogdon. “We brought back a big part of the group; we believe in continuity,” GM Jon Horst said. “We think that gives us an advantage to have continuity. … This group looks like they’re growing, looks like they’re getting better, looks like they fit and they make sense and that we can compete and sustain success for a long period of time with this group and that’s been the goal.”
  • Despite Brogdon’s departure, the Bucks have plenty of options at shooting guard and small forward, Ben Steele of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel points out. “I think the vision going forward is with the addition of Wes Matthews and Kyle Korver as wings that have proven that they are elite-level shooters and great defenders,” coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Got young guys like Donte (DiVincenzo), Pat (Connaughton) and Sterling (Brown) that are all proven to some degree.” Hill, who signed a three-year, $29MM deal, is another option for Budenholzer.
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13 thoughts on “Central Notes: Rose, Beilein, Giannis, Brogdon

  1. Rewane

    Looks like HR is also amazed by Beilein’s energy level and made the quote “He has more energy than I do,” bold.

  2. hiflew

    “He has more energy than I do,” forward Larry Nance Jr. said.

    I think that is more of an indictment of Nance than a compliment of Beilein.

    • x%sure

      That was a miss. Nance is known for energy; It’s probably his main feature. Also, speaking of himself, he can choose to be humble, as normal people do.

  3. Number one, rose sign with the Pistons because they’re “contenders” LOL.

    Number two the Bucks are counting on big things from free agent signee George Hill. Better count on a lot of time on the injured list. He’s one guy who won’t play when he’s nicked up.

    • zappaforprez

      Why the “LOL”? They’re contenders in the East for sure. It’d be a shock to not see them in the playoffs as a 5 or 6 seed. Do you watch the NBA?

    • HailRodgers12$

      What was he supposed to say? “We signed 2 guys that stink, neither of which I want on my team, and I cry myself to sleep at night knowing Brogdon won’t be in the lineup for the 55-60 games he’s not injured..”?

    • brewcrew08

      Great shooters yes. Defenders he didn’t really have to throw in there lol

    • southbeachbully

      Korver is certainly elite level shooter for his career (top 5-7 all-time). Defender, no where close all tho he gives effort.

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