Central Notes: Bulls, P. Williams, Sirvydis, Pistons, Pacers

The chatter suggesting that the Bulls have their eye on Patrick Williams with the No. 4 pick is “intensifying by the day,” according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. One of Johnson’s sources believes the Bulls may even have told Williams they plan to draft him if they don’t move up from No. 4.

Jeremy Woo of SI.com hears that Williams has worked out for the Bulls and confirms that there’s plenty of buzz linking the Florida State forward to Chicago. However, Woo cautions that there are still a number of conflicting rumors circulating around the league when it comes to the Bulls’ intentions. Previous reports have indicated that the team may have its eye on a lead play-maker with its lottery pick.

Here’s more from around the Central:

  • Pistons 2019 second-round pick Deividas Sirvydis has left Hapoel Jerusalem to travel to the United States, where he intends to sign his first NBA contract and join Detroit for training camp, per Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas (Twitter link). The 6’8″ Lithuanian wing was the 37th overall pick in last year’s draft.
  • While the Pistons intend to guarantee Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk‘s salary for 2020/21, Khyri Thomas‘ future with the club is still to be decided, a source tells James Edwards III of The Athletic. The two young Pistons have matching $1,663,861 non-guaranteed salaries for the coming season.
  • The Pacers, who don’t have a first-round pick in this year’s draft, haven’t worked out any prospects in person, VP of player personnel Ryan Carr said on Monday (Twitter link via J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star). Carr cited coronavirus-related concerns as a key factor in that decision, per Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports (Twitter link). Indiana only holds the No. 54 pick on Wednesday.
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15 thoughts on “Central Notes: Bulls, P. Williams, Sirvydis, Pistons, Pacers

  1. Sillivan

    As I said two months ago
    Two players from FSU are underrated
    Williams and Vassell

    This draft are one of the deepest in the nba history because players are so strong
    And many

    • Sillivan

      This draft is the deepest
      RJ Hampton was projected 5 last year and now he is projected 25

      • Little_Dunker_45

        The fact that you have Hampton over Denton just proves you have no idea what you’re talking about

      • hiflew

        That doesn’t show anything other than people are not as high on Hampton as they were last year.

      • fishy 9 dogs

        It’s definitely not garbage. It’s just weak at the very top. But picks 4-20 could all be useful rotation players and some capable starters.

        • bravesfan88

          That is spot on, this draft lacks that upper tier immediate all-star…However, it does have about 15 very good players, and about another 5-10 solid rotation guys that will help their contending teams win..

  2. My top choice for the NYK (Williams) is now likely off the table for them. Just as well, the Knicks would likely have disappointed me had he dropped to #8 anyway. Still expect Vassell or Okoro to be there. If not, TH or Avdija will. All good picks.

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Taking Williams at 4 is a mistake. His handle is not there, can’t get his own shot. There are better options for them there. If I was Bulls I take Halliburton. Wonder what they do if Ball is there for them.

    • JBHoops

      AGREED! Williams would be a huge reach at 4. His jump shooting form is also sketchy. Seems like he barely gets any elevation when he shoots.

  4. hook316

    Pistons constructing a roster of players with names no one can pronounce. Nice work.

    • hiflew

      Sounds like a good spot for Deni Avdija or Onyeka Okongwu to go then. Maybe they could pick up a 2nd round pick to select Abdoulaye N’Doye as well.

  5. bravesfan88

    If anything, I think this news on William’s has more to do with the teams behind the Bulls interest in him.

    The Bulls are exploring all avenues to upgrade their team, and if they can do that by floating out a rumor or two that they want a guy, that teams behind them covet, then why not!?

    I still think Hayes is the guy they should draft, but hey, if they can get him at 6 or 7, while also getting something for trading back, then that’s just a major plus!!

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