Eastern Notes: Sixers, Raptors, Pistons, Magic

Former Kings head coach Dave Joerger is under consideration to join Doc Rivers‘ coaching staff with the Sixers, according to Frank Isola (Twitter link). Joerger, who also coached the Grizzlies, interviewed for the Pacers’ head-coaching vacancy earlier this month.

As things stand, Rivers has not finalized his coaching staff in Philadelphia. Derek Bodner of The Athletic looked at several candidates last week who could join Rivers on the sidelines next season. Some of the names mentioned were Tyronn Lue, Sam Cassell, Armond Hill, and Rex Kalamian.

We have more from around the Atlantic Division:

  • Blake Murphy of The Athletic considers possible free-agent center targets for the Raptors, explaining that center is a pressing need for Toronto, even if the team re-signs Serge Ibaka or Marc Gasol. Murphy breaks down multiple free-agent targets into three tiers based on the Raptors’ financial situation, identifying Montrezl Harrell and Danilo Gallinari as expensive options while naming the likes of Jakob Poeltl and Noah Vonleh as more affordable alternatives.
  • In his latest mailbag, Rod Beard of The Detroit News suggests that Tyrese Haliburton or Killian Hayes would be a good pick for the Pistons in the 2020 draft. “Most mock drafts I’ve seen have one of those two available, and if they come out with either, they’d be happy with the pick, because they’d have filled a big roster gap,” he writes. The Pistons currently own the seventh overall pick, which means they’re in a prime position to take the best player available. Both Haliburton and Hayes are expected to be lottery picks next month.
  • Josh Robbins of The Athletic discusses the potential offseason moves that could be in store for the Magic in his latest mailbag. One of the questions that Robbins answered concerned the future of Evan Fournier. The 27-year-old guard has a $17.2M player option for the 2020/21 season, which he could ultimately decline next month. However, Robbins believes Fournier will likely accept the option due to the dip in NBA revenue as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Last season with Orlando, he averaged 18.5 PPG and shot 39.9% from three-point range.
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14 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Sixers, Raptors, Pistons, Magic

  1. Gallo a center?

    Don’t see Harrell or anyone at that level. Ibaka on an inflated one year deal with a Vonleh or Taj Gibson type in a trade seems most realistic moves right now as Raps look to keep cap space for next offseason.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Hope Pistons take Hayes. Halliburton to Knicks . A lot of scouts have Hayes with biggest upside.

  3. Sillivan

    From cbs sports
    Knicks want Westbrook bad contract
    Knicks keep RJ and Mitch
    Reporter is not talking about picks

    Rockets get shooters from Knicks

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Who else do the Knicks have to offer besides Robinson and Barrett? Any trade for Westbrook would have to include at least one of them, most likely both. Some of these hypothetical trades are just ridiculous. Russ is still one of the best players in the NBA, despite all the hate from the fans.

      • Black Ace57

        Lol you really think you can get RJ and/or Robinson for that contract? If anything you would be sending picks with Westbrook.

      • phillyballers

        You might get some signed jerseys but you wont get RJ or Robinson. It would be expiring contracts nothing more.

  4. Sillivan

    IMO
    Knicks can just give VanVleet max contract
    He is 6 years younger than Westbrook?

  5. The Howler

    This year, Westbrook focussed on his game…getting into the paint. He took more shots within 10 ft and cut down the number of 3s he took by 2 shots per game. He also had his highest eFG% of his career. But he played in unique circumstances in HOU. In NY, he would probably lose his newfound efficiency.

  6. Luckylefty2

    I hope poelt goes back to Toronto. Nurse will unleash that untapped potential.

  7. x%sure

    First time I’ve heard that about a player FROM a Popovich team. Usually one hears commenters saying a player should best GO to Spurs. But I had to nod!

    Wide difference of opinion on this page. MoneyballJW^ seems to think he’s just not that good.

    From the link: “His leap as a playmaker makes him more dynamic than the Bench Mob version of himself. Mostly, Poeltl’s become the steady interior defender the Raptors projected him as.”

    Poeltl only gets 18′ per game and one hardly hears of him, but his BPMs are positive and his WS/48 is second only to Keldon Johnson who they called up late!

    Putting LMA at center does neither Poeltl nor IMO the Spurs any favors. If they could get something in trade they would do better than their lowest-tier betting odds in the WC.
    On/offs: LMA minus5, Poeltl plus9. The Spurs’ top 3 incomes are all minuses, PF Gay neutral.

    • x%sure

      To be fair, writer Murphy puts Poeltl in a higher tier than Vonleh, who he says made an unfortunate FA choice, and customizes for the Rap tors.

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