Southeast Notes: Bamba, Okeke, Fultz, Hield, Howard

Magic center Mohamed Bamba, who missed the first-round series against Milwaukee, has not experienced any serious health issues after leaving the Orlando campus during the seeding round, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports. Bamba departed in mid-August for a comprehensive post-coronavirus evaluation after he struggled from the the virus he contracted in June.

“The doctors have ruled out anything serious but it will take some time to clear his system. That’ll probably be measured in months, not weeks,” Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman said.

We have more from the Southeast Division:

  • Weltman said rookie forward Chuma Okeke is in the “late stage of his rehab and development” and the Magic expect him to contribute next season, according to Josh Robbins of The Athletic. Orlando drafted Okeke with the 16th overall pick last year even though he was recovering from a torn ACL suffered during the NCAA Tournament.
  • Coach Steve Clifford expressed satisfaction with Markelle Fultz‘s development this season, Robbins relays in the same story. “He’s obviously a very talented guy. … I’m beyond ecstatic with the way that he played,” Clifford said. Fultz averaged 12.1 PPG and 5.1 APG during the regular season.
  • Buddy Hield and Spencer Dinwiddie are among the trade candidates that the Hawks might pursue to pair with Trae Young, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic opines. Kirschner and Peachtree Hoops’ Andrew Kelly take an in-depth look at what type of trades Atlanta might explore this offseason using the team’s cap room.
  • The Wizards have recently interviewed draft prospects Markus Howard of Marquette and Robert Woodard of Mississippi State, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports. They are potential targets with the Wizards’ second-rounder at No. 37 overall.
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16 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Bamba, Okeke, Fultz, Hield, Howard

  1. afsooner02

    Love to see Buddy and Trae play together. Just need to add Blake and you got all 3 sooners….

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    How about the South East champion Heat. Bucks better wake up. This could be tougher than East Finals lols.

  3. Simmons>Russ

    Trae and Buddy would equal terrible defence

    Think if the Hawks wanted a SG they should look at Anthony Edwards in the draft, DeMare DeRozan in FA, or trading for Gary Harris

      • Simmons>Russ

        Hence why I offered but Edwards and Harris. Don’t see why Heild would be a good fit. He isn’t much of a ball handler, can’t create much for himself or others and he’s not a veteran presence but he’s to old to be considered a great long piece.
        DeRozan can atleast great for himself and fun am offence and he can be a veteran presence on a young team.

        • Otogar

          Buddy Hield at least in an able three point shhoter, is far younger and much (more than five times) cheaper. There’s a reason why DDR is almost a lock to opt in: that no one is willing to pay him 27M.

          • Simmons>Russ

            How is he five times cheaper when he’s getting paid more. Heilds getting almost 30mil for 3/4 years and DDR is on a 1 year deal

            • Otogar

              That’s true, my bad. (I forgot how bad Divac could be as a GM). Then I completely agree with you, Hield at that price tag is not worth it either for the Hawks :-)

  4. My dream for free agency is we do sign and trade for B.Ingram and try to get C.J. McCollum from Portland and then Ibaka and Ariza on the bench as veterans and we are going to playoffs for a long time with a starting five of Trae C.J. Ingram Collins and Capela we may have to give up Hunter Huerter Cam and draft picks but that five is worth it

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