Central Notes: Holden, Kennard, Holiday, Bulls

As the Pistons close in on a GM, they are also looking at Nets director of player personnel J.R. Holden and Warriors assistant GM Mike Dunleavy as potential front office additions, SNY’s Ian Begley tweets. Presumably, Detroit would consider Holden and Dunleavy as candidates as assistant GMs.

However, James Edwards III of The Athletic tweets that the Pistons plan to hire a GM first and allow that person to fill out the staff. Thunder executive Troy Weaver has reportedly emerged as the leading candidate in their GM search, though Clippers assistant GM Mark Hughes and Nets assistant GM Jeff Peterson are also in the mix.

We have more from around the Central Division:

  • Pistons swingman Luke Kennard is confident the knee tendinitis that cut short his season is no longer an issue, as he told Keith Langlois of the team’s website. Kennard didn’t play after Christmas but was just about to return when the pandemic struck  in March. The Pistons, who are not part of the league’s restart plan, may have to wait until December to play again. “I’m not really nervous about the time off,” Kennard said. “I know what I’m doing right now is going to allow me to stay healthy and get through a full season and be ready to go for all 82 games or whatever they decide.”
  • Pacers guard Aaron Holiday has signed with BDA Sports and will be represented by veteran agent Bill Duffy and Nima Namakian, Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal tweets. Holiday is signed through at least next season. The Pacers hold an option worth approximately $4MM on his contract for the 2021/22 season.
  • Jim Boylen’s status as the Bulls coach remains up in the air even though front office changes have been made and Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times believes the franchise’s reputation has something to do with it, he said on 670 The Score (hat tip to NBC Sports’ Dan Feldman).(Rick) Carlisle, the Dallas coach, has made it very clear the disdain the Coaches Association and a lot of coaches have for the Bulls and the practices they have toward coaches. … They’re buying time because they have time to buy, but also I think it’s also a perception thing that they’re looking to change.”
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7 thoughts on “Central Notes: Holden, Kennard, Holiday, Bulls

  1. Sillivan

    Celtics like Luke Kennard

    Trade idea

    Williams + Williams + 17th pick for Luke

  2. stevep-4

    The BULLS are worried that they may damage their reputation further by firing BOYLEN? The only way is up as Chicago Otis Clay once sang…

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Bulls should change coach. They don’t seem right to me. They got talent. I don’t them well enough to to say it’s one thing. Management is not right there, includes coach. You need a good offense and chemistry. Or a good lead PG. Bulls don’t seem to have either. They been going for a PG for yrs now. Like I said they got talent. If Halliburton or Hayes is there in draft. I would not pass on them.

  4. wagner13

    I’m guessing the Coaches Association doesn’t appreciate the way Thibs was run out of Chicago. Regardless, that shouldn’t forestall them from ousting Boylen. He’s proven to be both incompetent and unlikeable from a player perspective. Chicago needs a young mind that can devise some creative offensive schemes and unlock the potential of Markkanen and White

    • x%sure

      An ‘up’ guy with some answers that will re-engage fans… Ime Udeke. Paxson wanted a vocal leader for the GM job but Karnisovas is not it.

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