Central Notes: Turner, Cavs, Jackson, Bulls

After Domantas Sabonis emerged as an All-Star last season, the Pacers almost sent big man Myles Turner to the Celtics during the offseason in a scuttled sign-and-trade deal for forward Gordon Hayward. Turner is striving to maintain his focus for the upcoming season with Indiana and not ruminate on the Boston trade, according to J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star.

“It really was my first time going through something like that,” Turner said. “In the past, you hear your name here and there. This is the first time it really heated up.”

When they shared the court, Turner and Sabonis alternated between the center and power forward positions on offense and defense under the tutelage of former head coach Nate McMillan.

There’s more out of the Central Division:

  • Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com weighed in on the first day of Cavaliers training camp, where head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has emphasized a culture of accountability. “We’re not too far off. We have the caliber guys here to really make some noise,” recently-added center Andre Drummond said. “If we don’t make it to the playoffs, we’ll be damn close.”
  • Pistons head coach Dwayne Casey sees new addition Josh Jackson as a reclamation candidate a la power forward Christian Wood, per Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. “It’s the same thing,” Casey notes. “Everyone was saying, ‘Dwane, don’t mess with him. Leave him alone.’ I enjoy people who have a chip on their shoulder, who’ve been almost forgotten about as Josh has been.”
  • The United Center will not host fans to start the 2020/21 season for Bulls games due to the coronavirus pandemic, the team tweeted on its official account.
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14 thoughts on “Central Notes: Turner, Cavs, Jackson, Bulls

  1. brownscavsr4me

    Thats the right mindset Cavs! If you think you can get better then have an attitude that reflects that.

  2. ohioplayers

    Exactly, it’s good to hear that a team wants to have the best showing possible by putting a good product on the floor to try for the best outcome.

    The lottery should favor teams not making the playoffs with the best record, emphasizing winning instead of tanking

    • William naismith

      Drafts in all sports must reward the bad teams otherwise they will stagnate continuously remain unsuccessful and destroy competitive balance in the league. teams must draft in reverse order of win loss record.

      • hiflew

        They won’t stagnate, they will just have more incentive to spend in the FA market. Plus, star players can be found at the bottom of the lottery as well.

        I heartily support this idea mainly because it likely will get the top rookies into the playoffs immediately instead of waiting for 3 years or so. Imagine the Lakers or Bucks having had to match up with Zion in the first round. It nearly happened with Ja, but Memphis was a huge surprise. The overall #1 pick in basketball hasn’t been to the playoffs in a while. Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz in 2017. And Simmons wasn’t really a rookie and Fultz didn’t matter much. Before that it was Derrick Rose in 2008-09. It’s just a waste.

        • William naismith

          I want the NBA draft lottery to have all 30 teams eligible with an equal 3.3% chance of winning the first pick. 30 ping pong balls in the lottery bin with each team having their logo on one of the 30 ping pong balls. The first ball that comes out of the shoot is the team with the first pick. Then the remaining 29 picks are in reverse order of win loss record. Now the worst team has a 48% chance of getting pick 5 and a 14% chance of getting the first pick. In a lottery for just the first pick the worst team gets no less than the 2nd pick.

  3. Curtisrowe

    Jackson is the polar opposite of Wood. Jackson was drafted 4th, got a big contract and bombed. Wood wasn’t drafted, played in the G league and overseas and worked his way into the league.

    • hiflew

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. Jackson has more in common with Dragan Bender than with Christian Wood.

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    I liked Jackson don’t know what happened there. Maybe he finally gets his act together. Talented enough to be at least a rotation guy. We’ll see

  5. Simmons>Russ

    Clippers: Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner, Spencer Dinwiddie
    Nets: Paul George, Lou Williams, Ivan Zubac
    Pacers: Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen, T. Prince

    Clippers:
    1. Dinwiddie. Beverly
    2. Oladipo. Kennard
    3. Kawhi
    4. Ibaka. Morris. Patterson
    5. Turner. Oturu

    Nets:
    1. Irving. Shamet
    2. Harris. Williams
    3. George. TLC. Kurucs
    4. Durant. Green. Claxton
    5. Jordan. Zubac

    Pacers:
    1. Brogdan. AHoliday
    2. LeVert. Lamb
    3. Warren. JHoliday
    4. Prince McDermott
    5. Sabonis. Allen. Bitadze

    • Simmons>Russ

      Could add picks to teams but who says no??

      Clippers get a stronger contending team. Oladipo suits Kawhis style more on and off the court. Turner is only young and could learn a lot. Dinwiddie is the near all star level point guard. Plus you still have some depth.

      Nets add a third star to suit Irving and KD. They also add Lou Will for some spark off the bench and he suits that lock room.

      Pacers get back a nice young return for two players on expiring deals. Getting rid of Turner gives Sabonis more freedom and then Allen off the bench for the defensive impact. LeVert and Warren could be a interesting duo.

      I’d probably say maybe the Pacers send a protected first to the Nets and the clippers send a pair of seconds to the Nets also but would be a great 3 team move for all parties

      • hiflew

        And nobody would be sending picks to the Nets in that deal. PG13 had a bad playoffs, but he is still a superstar in the league and he is definitely the best player in your simulated deal. And the Pacers definitely wouldn’t be sending out a pick in order to trade their expiring deals. That would defeat the whole point of trading them. It’s better to lose them for nothing in the off season that to have to give away a pick to lose them now.

    • hiflew

      I think the “franchise altering” trades are pretty much done for the year. You might see a few small deals with guys whose names are bigger than their current game (Julius Randle for example) before the start of the season, but I think the biggies are over until the trade deadline.

      I think Indiana will be holding Turner and Oladipo until the deadline and then making a decision from there. Otherwise, one or both are likely sign and trade guys next year.

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