Central Notes: Bulls, Pistons, Cavaliers, Atkinson

With a new VP of basketball operations in control and now a new head coach set to stalk the sidelines, the Bulls with finally get fresh eyes for this year’s draft. Sam Vecenie of The Athletic takes an extensive look at Chicago’s various draft options with the fourth pick this season, as well as the team’s other pressing offseason issues.

Vecenie examines several options in play for the Bulls with the pick, assessing the potential fits of Illawarra Hawks guard LaMelo Ball, Georgia forward Anthony Edwards, Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton, Ulm guard Killian Hayes, Auburn wing Isaac Okoro, and Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Deni Avdija. Vecenie also appraises some realistic options for the Bulls’ No. 44 pick this season.

There’s more out of the NBA’s Central Division:

  • As the Pistons began their three-week team camp, Pistons head coach Dwane Casey and new general manager Troy Weaver found themselves aligned in terms of their thoughts on the team’s roster, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. “We’ll talk about certain players and see the same things,” Casey said. “I think that’s very, very important that you look at the type of people you want to compete with, the type of people you want to go to battle with.”
  • This offseason, the Cavaliers front office, led by general manager Koby Altman, will prioritize adding “defensive-minded players” and “length and athleticism,” per Spencer Davies of Basketball News. The team has the No. 5 pick in the 2020 NBA draft, and will have access to the full mid-level exception as it weighs potential additions.
  • As the Pacers continue their search for a new head coach, the team has conducted background research on former Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson, according to a new episode of the HoopsHype Podcast featuring Michael Scotto and guest Sam Amick of The Athletic.
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7 thoughts on “Central Notes: Bulls, Pistons, Cavaliers, Atkinson

  1. x%sure

    Davies (or his source) seems to be drawing a picture of Wiseman. He didn’t mention Toppin. It would be the responsible thing to do, to look for defense. Osman is perhaps waiting in Turkey to hear from his next employer, if the Cavs can move up by trading him and get KPorter in the lineup.

    • OhThatYoGirl

      I wouldn’t move on from Cedi just yet. We’re very thin at wing and he’s still a serviceable player in limited minutes. He did shoot 38% from 3 on 5 attempts which is good.

      • stevep-4

        That math doesn’t work out. With only 5 attempts it would have to be a multiple of 20.

      • x%sure

        4.9 3s pergame… 6.1 per 36’… as they say nowadays, that’s good but shoot more still!

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    No news on Woods. I guess he’s not at workouts. Considering he’s a FA. Pistons would be smart to keep him. Or trade him on a sign trade. It they don’t want to pay. I don’t think teams will overpay for Woods. But he should have a few solid offers. From a few teams. ME is at 9.5 mill. He’s worth that to plenty of teams. For that money Pistons should keep him.

    Cavs should be doing all they can to move Love. Before draft, at 5. They will get either Toppin or Okongwu. Both very talented 4s. Who can play along side Drummond. Celtics have picks, TWolves have picks, Even Blazers could be in. Cavs should be all about maximizing this draft. Love is not in their future. Even Spurs might be interested.

    • OhThatYoGirl

      What Love provides is beyond the stats and wins column. He gives the young guys the interior space to make plays and a safety valve to lessen the burden of scoring. He’s low key a big part in the development of the younger players.

      I wouldn’t trade Love unless the Cavs got something of actual value, not just a 2nd rounder and salary fillers. Bostons 14th pick and Portlands 15th would have to be involved. I doubt SA would give up their 11th pick.

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