Eastern Notes: Anthony, Pacers Crowds, Wizards, Rose

In the wake of Markelle Fultz‘s season-ending knee injury, rookie Cole Anthony has becomes the Magic’s No. 1 point guard, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel writes. Anthony, who was selected with the No. 15 pick in the draft, logged a season-high 32 minutes on Wednesday when Fultz was injured.

“Cole, in my opinion, he’s the starter right now and I think that he’s ready to take it and grow with it and we all have great confidence in him,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said.

We have more from the Eastern Conference:

  • The Pacers will allow a limited number of fans to home games beginning on January 24, according to a team press release. The Pacers will limit sales to approximately 1,000 tickets per game through January 25 and consider gradual increases for remaining games. The Marion County Health Department will currently allow 25% capacity, or roughly 4,500 fans.
  • Now that plans have been revealed for the G League season, the Wizards will assign players to the Pelicans’ G League club, the Erie Bayhawks, for the games in Orlando, Fred Katz of The Athletic tweets. Both franchises will chip in the costs associated with participating in the “bubble” season, Katz adds.
  • The Pistons will likely ask for a first-round pick for Derrick Rose if they decide to deal him or if Rose requests a trade, Rod Beard of the Detroit News speculates. Rose, who will become an unrestricted free agent after the season, could help a contender that needs scoring off the bench.
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11 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Anthony, Pacers Crowds, Wizards, Rose

    • "Stons" Fan

      Rose and Okafor when tradeable for Bamba, MCW (when tradeable), and top 5 protected pick. If Orlando turns their nose up their playoff hopes are gone! No one on the FA market will give you what Rose can. No other PG of his skill will come as cheap on the trade market.

  1. hiflew

    Cole Anthony might not be the answer, but he has a chance to be a Michael Carter-Williams type ROY if no other rookie dominates. And before anyone jumps on me, yes I know Wiseman is playing well, but most rookies do before they hit the wall. And Wiseman’s lack of gameplay in the past year plus has him being a prime candidate for hitting the rookie wall. LaMelo too.

    • mcmillankmm

      Going to need to get the FG% over 30% to even get close to the conversation

      • hiflew

        Why does everyone think that FG% is that important for PGs. It is important, but assists, turnover rate, and several other stats are far more important for the position.

    • harden (mvp),wall, and wood

      Just because he has the opportunity to get a lot of minutes in the starting lineup doesn’t guarantee he will play anywhere well enough to win ROY.

      • hiflew

        It doesn’t guarantee winning it of course. But sitting on the bench the majority of the season does guarantee NOT winning it.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Why would you even bring up ROY. I don’t think you understand this sport. Your game is commentating. Cole is a rookie. A talented one who needs to play. Only way you get better is by playing mins. This is his opportunity to play. Rookies take 1-4 yrs to actually show their true talent. In the meantime they can help the team. But the most important thing is to grow and get better. Anthony was a solid pick for Magic. Nobody wants to see players hurt so you can play. Life isn’t fair to athletes. You gotta be ready and take advantage of opportunities. This is his. Give it time. Yeah , I’m sure Magic are saying go win the ROY Cole. Stick to Har en.

    • x%sure

      What is your point? Someone will get it. CA’s main job is to not screw things up, but get one if you can. Should be worth something.

  3. mgomrjsurf

    Their will be other PG’s like Bledsoe come available to. Maybe get like Lin or so on.

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