Eastern Notes: Sabonis, Brown, Zizic, Hutchison, Morris, Rose

The Hawks were interested in making runs next summer at Pacers power forward Domantas Sabonis and Celtics forward Jaylen Brown if they had become restricted free agents, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Atlanta is one of four teams, along with Charlotte, Cleveland and Memphis, that will have significant cap space in the offseason and thus could have put together a big offer sheet for either player. Sabonis signed a four-year, $74.9MM extension with the Pacers while Brown inked a four-year, $115MM deal with Boston.

We have more from the Eastern Conference:

  • There’s a strong possibility the Cavaliers will try to bring back center Ante Zizic next summer even though they declined their fourth-year option on him, Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The Cavs can only offer Zizic a max of $3.87MM as a starting salary after declining the option. Zizic has been sidelined since the preseason with a foot injury.
  • Bulls forward Chandler Hutchison had hoped to return to action on Friday but he’ll be sidelined a little longer, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago relays. Hutchison has yet to play this season due to a hamstring injury. “Hutch is still working his way through. Don’t have anything new to report on that. We’ll see how that plays out,” coach Jim Boylen said. Hutchison spent the week practicing with their G League affiliate and pronounced himself ready to go on Thursday, the Windy City Bulls, Mark Schanowski of NBC Sports Chicago notes.
  • Knicks forward Marcus Morris was disappointed the Celtics didn’t show interest in re-signing him during free agency, Jay King of The Athletic reports. Morris wound up in New York on a one-year deal after backing out on a verbal agreement with San Antonio. “I thought it was a great possibility of me coming back here,” Morris said. “So, by me not even getting that opportunity or getting that chance to have that, I refuse to do anything with Boston.”
  • Derrick Rose signed a two-year, $15MM contract with the Pistons and he’s thrilled with his choice, Keith Langlois of the team’s website writes. Rose has gotten off to a strong start and he’s happy with the organization. “I feel great,” he said. “Even making the decision to come here. Every day that we’re in Detroit, my family is happy being there. I’m happy being there. You hear things from afar, you don’t know what to expect. But everything’s been up and up.”
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9 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Sabonis, Brown, Zizic, Hutchison, Morris, Rose

  1. realistnotsucker

    I guess according to Dana Knicks don’t have significant cap space

  2. phillyballers

    I like the Hawks organic progression. Don’t see a need to overpay a Sabonis or Brown.

  3. mcase7187

    The hawks could still go after one of them in a trade

    But nobody is going to want brown on that contract and I’m a C’s fan

  4. spinach

    Morris and I have something in common, refusing to do anything with Boston. I refuse to do things with cities in general.

  5. steve

    What ghosting san antonio wasnt enough? Wanted to add boston to the list? I dont blame him i would have liked the opperutnity to swerve them as well. After the year and offseason they had itd be the cherry on top of a laughing stock sundae. And likely lead to ainge, not another banner, hanging from rafters. Im not a fan of ainges recent moves but id still say the man deserves better then to go from possibly top 3 executive in the league (and best deal maker) to downward spiral in FO moves across the board that would be painful to watch. All culminating in the death of a sales man. Finally a smart move from ainge not even giving morris a ring? Hmmm

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