Central Notes: Winston, Pistons, McConnell, Avdija

Pistons general manager Troy Weaver is bullish on the NBA potential of second-round 2020 draft prospect Cassius Winston, a Michigan State guard, per Rod Beard of The Detroit News“I’ve watched him throughout his career and I’ve been a big fan and hoping for the best,” Weaver said. “I think he has the spirit, that he’ll fight his way in, whether he gets drafted or not. I think he will give himself a great chance.”

Beard notes that Winston does not project to be a lottery pick, but could be drafted late in the first round on November 18. The Pistons currently own the No. 7 pick, but are among the several teams that could benefit from trading back.

There’s more out of the Central Division:

  • Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press assesses five bargain free agents the Pistons could target using their room exception, including Kings center Harry Giles, Pacers shooting guard Justin Holiday, and veteran Magic point guard D.J. Augustin.
  • Pacers backup point guard T.J. McConnell is on a $3.5MM non-guaranteed contract for the 2020/21 season. J Michael of the Indy Star posits that McConnell could remain a useful, cost-effective role player on what could be a feisty Indiana team. Alternately, the Pacers could buy McConnell out for $1MM to open up his spot on the roster.
  • As we relayed earlier, 6’7″ swingman Deni Avdija is rumored to be a potential draft target for the Bulls with the fourth pick in this year’s draft.
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12 thoughts on “Central Notes: Winston, Pistons, McConnell, Avdija

  1. Sillivan

    Pistons would like to trade up and target top 3 picks
    They are willing to take unwanted contracts too

    • PhillyPhan69

      Yeah, I loved him in Philly. A little limited but solid energy, excitement and hustle to your 2nd unit in small bursts. TJ is the ultimate overachiever who earned a role when many thought he would not even make the league.

      • x%sure

        The link is behind a paywall, but I am always amazed when OConnell gets spoken of in a casual manner, like, Oh they might keep him, or maybe not. Yes I can see he’s not that athletic… not the only factor.
        Obviously the Pacers should guarantee him.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Avdija is a real talent. But he will take time to really develop. The best talent in this draft are all young. And will only show in 2-3 yrs. That’s why I don’t believe Warriors would trade down for Deni. If they trade down it’s for Okongwu, Halliburton, or Toppin. All three are ready to help next yr. And could give you more solid mins. Edwards and Wiseman can help off bench. In a more limited role. But are a more solid future to build with your stars. Bulls could draft Toppin and trade Markkanen. Or go for PG they need, Halliburton. Deni fits position of need SF. But his upside is considered very solid. Bulls have a few options. I think this draft is like that for most teams. Cause there is not much difference between pick 3 and pick 10. To me Wiseman and Edwards are by far top two picks.

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