Eastern Notes: Kennard, Maker, Patton, Avdija, Garland

Rookie scale extension candidate Luke Kennard made a strong impression on Pistons coach Dwane Casey during the team’s mini-camp, James Edwards of The Athletic tweets. Kennard missed most of the season due to knee injuries but looked completely healthy during the workouts.

“Luke Kennard came in here in great shape. He accomplished and we accomplished with what we wanted to do with him. No tendinitis,” Casey said. “I think he’s in the best shape since I’ve coached him. He played with intelligence and confidence.”

We have more from around the Eastern Conference:

  • Neither Thon Maker nor Justin Patton stood out during that same Detroit mini-camp, Edwards reports. Entering the workouts, it was considered a battle for a frontcourt roster spot. However, it’s unlikely the Pistons will extend Maker a $4.64MM qualifying offer. Thus, Maker would become an unrestricted free agent. Patton, who has a non-guaranteed salary of $1.76MM next season, underwent pinkie surgery two days after group activities began.
  • Israeli forward Deni Avdija could be the Knicks’ target if he slides to the No. 8 pick, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post. The Knicks plan to interview Avdija, who is praised for his versatility and outside shooting touch. He’s currently ranked No. 4 among the best available prospects by ESPN.
  • Darius Garland stood out in the Cavaliers mini-camp, Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Garland had the look of a “very dynamic point guard,” according to one of the team’s assistant coaches. Garland averaged 12.3 PPG, 3.9 APG and 2.6 TPG in 59 starts as a rookie after being selected with No. 5 overall pick.
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4 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Kennard, Maker, Patton, Avdija, Garland

  1. Sillivan

    Deni Avdija is the MVP of FIBA European Championship 2019

    Knicks, do you know Deni Avdija is a lock for top 4 draft pick?

    He is taller LaMelo Ball.

    Trade up, Knicks.

  2. Lionel Muggeridge

    Maker has had so many chances to bulk up and toughen up. He has skills as a defender and stretch big but you’ve gotta want it too

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    At some point. You have to wonder about potential and wanting a future. Attitude and drive are just as important as talent. There was a time when size alone. Could keep you in NBA. Not anymore. You better be at least a rim protector. To make a descent salary. Pistons need a full rebuild. They should resign Kennard. Then move Rose and Griffin. They should get a nice player in draft, Picking seventh. I would not pass oh Hayes if he’s still there. They should take BPA for sure.

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