Central Notes: Bulls, Porter, Hayes, Giannis

Rob Schaefer of NBC Sports takes a look at some of the key storylines facing the Bulls roster heading into training camp. Though the club’s personnel off the court underwent some drastic revisions, the current on-court product looks fairly similar, Schaefer notes.

Rookies Patrick Williams and Devon Dotson join free agent additions Garrett Temple and Noah Vonleh. Guards Kris Dunn and Shaquille Harrison are currently the only significant departures from the 2019/20 roster. Individual workouts commence this Tuesday, December 1, while team workouts kick off on December 6.

Schaeffer notes that the starting point guard position could be up for grabs in new head coach Billy Donovan‘s first training camp with the Bulls. Though second-year guard Coby White started the Bulls’ most recent game, Tomas Satoransky was the lead guard for the other 64 games of the 2019/20 season. The fates of deep-bench centers Cristiano Felicio and Luke Kornet and the club’s two-way players are narratives that offer some intrigue as well.

There’s more out of the Central Division:

  • The Bulls will need for starting small forward Otto Porter to prove he’s worth his contract in the final year of his lucrative deal and become a trade asset by the deadline, and for starting power forward Lauri Markkanen to develop a game that stagnated last season, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times writes.
  • Former Pistons guard Will Bynum, now a trainer and founder of The Grind Family skills academy for basketball players, recently discussed his experience training new Detroit point guard Killian Hayes, according to Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press Pistons. “His lateral footwork is really, really good,” Bynum said. “His hands are quick. And he has the patience to defend really, really good rhythm players offensively.”
  • With his looming maximum salary extension now the talk of the league, Bucks MVP forward Giannis Antetokounmpo was set to depart his native Greece for the U.S. this weekend ahead of the team’s training camp kickoff, according to Antigoni Zachari of Eurohoops.
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7 thoughts on “Central Notes: Bulls, Porter, Hayes, Giannis

  1. Quentin

    Porter will be “injured” within the first 90 seconds of the regular season, while Felicio and Kornet shouldn’t even bother getting on a flight to Chicago.

    • stevep-4

      Fellatio has to show up so they can give him his fully-paid bus ticket home. Not sure why they signed Temple but perhaps they are going to dangle Porter as trade bait to try to grab a decent point guard or some draft picks.

      I think Donovan is worth at least 10 wins over Coach Bumblehead, but that is not going to get them into the playoffs this year.

  2. stubby66

    If the Greek Freak doesn’t sign his max extension soon this story will be as bad as the Brett Favre retirement saga

  3. captainkraken

    Anyone with a brain knows Coby should be starting this year. Sato can ride the bench.

  4. formerlyz

    Bulls losing both Kris Dunn and Shaq Harrison should hurt them pretty significantly, in my opinion. They mitigate some of that with Garrett Temple, Patrick Williams, and possibly a healthy Chandler Hutchinson, but they’re going to need to fins some help defensively at the guard spot…

    They didnt add a single player on my list for them in FA, which obviously isnt great when you also lose important contributors like Dunn and Shaq Harrison

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