Central Notes: Dellavedova, Bey, Oladipo, Hankins

Matthew Dellavedova’s return from a concussion has taken longer than expected because of his concussion history, according to Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Cavaliers guard, who has yet to make his season debut, is progressing slowly and there’s no definitive timetable for his return. Dellavedova was re-signed on a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal in November.

We have more from the Central Division:

  • The Pistons didn’t line up a pre-draft workout and interview with forward Saddiq Bey because they figured he wouldn’t slide out of the lottery, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. Bey dropped to the No. 19 pick and was acquired in a draft-night trade. “We were shocked,” coach Dwane Casey said. “He’s one player we did not meet with because we didn’t think he was going to be there later where we were trying to get the pick. Luckily he was and we jumped on it. “
  • Victor Oladipo becomes a free agent after the season but the Pacers aren’t in a hurry to resolve that situation, Michael Pina of Sports Illustrated reports. According to Pacers GM Chad Buchanan, “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, but in the meantime we want to try and help this team hit its fullest potential this season.” Oladipo is averaging 19.9 PPG, 6.0 RPG and 4.2 APG this season.
  • Tom Hankins has been hired as the head coach of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the G League affiliate of the Pacers, according to a team press release. The 54-year-old Hankins was the head coach at the University of Central Oklahoma from 2015-19. He was then hired by the Pacers as assistant player development coach. The Mad Ants are one of the 18 teams participating in the league’s “bubble season” in Orlando.
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14 thoughts on “Central Notes: Dellavedova, Bey, Oladipo, Hankins

  1. Curtisrowe

    Let Oladipo walk. He is going to want ridiculous money, and he isn’t worth it.

    • Sillivan

      Practical cap space in August 2021
      Knicks $73 million
      Thunder $72m
      Spurs 53m
      Bulls 52m
      Pacers 12m

      Pacers tax space $36 million
      Pacers can give Oladipo starting salary $36 million
      I’d give him 4 year 120 million

      4th year NG

  2. hoopsaremylife

    sure he might as well end up either in Miami or carrying giannis’s umbrella.

  3. hoopsaremylife

    wait curt r u a pacers fan or something? idk why i asked dis question i’m just curious bout who da same usual ppl who comment here’s favorite teams r

      • hoopsaremylife

        nice. i have to say ur Cs had a way better start than my raptors until now that covid has forced them to cancel their games, despite not having walker due to injury and they even beated da raptors without brown and smart lol. still can’t believe ujri signed baynes and len, thinking he could fix da center issue caused by gasol and ibaka’s departures.

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    I agree he’s not worth max money. He looks a little laid back this yr. I assume it’s coming back from injury. Eventually Pacers will move him by TD. I know Knicks were looking at him at one time. I think they are looking in a different way now. Knicks have to clear up their PG situation. If they move for a guard it will be a PG.

  5. DynamiteAdams

    Sign and trade to the Knicks or something if they’re smart. Dipo has had his best years already and isn’t worth max money.

    • illowa

      detroit shows you how not to run a franchise. didn’t bother scouting a player. all great franchises scout everyone and anyone to add to their future rolodex.

      • tjbarnaba

        It didn’t say they didn’t scout him. They didn’t meet with him for private interviews. You’re only allowed so many visits.

  6. Simmons>Russ

    If I’m the Pacers I wouldn’t resign Oladipo cause he’s not worth what he’s asking for.

    But in saying that he’s still got lots of value and a contract for 20mil which is very easy to move. They should be looking to flip him for something.
    I don’t really understand the Pacers direction.

    Personally I think they should look for a quick rebuild, this year has a loaded draft class and if you can get a top 10 pick and another later first then your going to be really nice.
    Keep Aaron Holiday, Brogdon and Sabonis but make everyone else up for trade and see what’s out there…

    Win now teams will get desperate if they have bad records and that’s when you should pull the trigger. One that stands out is Atlanta who are currently 5-5 and didn’t resign John Collins and seem to have abit of frustration been Trae and Collins plus doubts with the coach.

    Victor Oladipo and a second round pick for John Collins and Tony Snell.

    Then flip Myles Turner

    Myles Turner for Rudy Gay and a protected first round pick

    Then all of a sudden resign Collins for the rookie extension max, let Rudy Gay leave in FA and use the draft pick to build for the future.

    1. Holiday
    2. Brogdan
    3. Warren
    4. Collins
    5. Sabonis
    Plus two first round picks, plus whatever you can get for McDermott, Lamb, etc

      • Simmons>Russ

        The point in trading Turner is because Collins and Sabonis are your new 4/5 combo, and you want to get rid of Turner in order to play these two together and want a first rounder for Turner.
        The Markeneen trade wouldn’t make sense cause he’s also on an expiring deal and at best he would be a back up.

        I think Brogdon Warren Collins Sabonis would work really well and then getting back a first and expiring deal for Turner would be a very solid return

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