Central Notes: LaVine, Young, Lamb, Nance, Pistons

Zach LaVine is enjoying a career year in Billy Donovan‘s first season with the Bulls, and the success of that pairing bodes well for the team’s long-term outlook, says K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago. Donovan won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, and word around the NBA suggests that LaVine won’t be either, Johnson adds.

With LaVine expected to be unavailable on the trade market in the coming weeks, the Bulls’ most valuable trade chip could be Thaddeus Young. ESPN’s Bobby Marks (Insider link) says a handful of league executives identified Young as a player who could impact the playoff race if he’s moved, noting that he’s a versatile big man on a reasonable contract who has plenty of postseason experience.

The Bulls currently hold the sixth seed in the East and figure to be in the mix for a playoff spot – perhaps via the play-in tournament – but Marks argues the club should take a big-picture view and consider moving Young, especially if a team is willing to give up a first-round pick for him.

Johnson, on the other hand, contends in a separate NBC Sports Chicago story that moving Young for anything short of a lottery pick or a very promising young player might be a mistake. As Johnson explains, the veteran forward has had a positive impact on LaVine on and off the court, and LaVine and the Bulls’ other young players need to get some postseason experience at some point — Young could play an important role in helping get them there.

Here’s more from around the Central:

  • It has been a full year since Jeremy Lamb suffered a torn left ACL, and while it takes some players a while to get back to 100% following that injury, the Pacers guard has thrived since making his season debut on January 20, writes Wheat Hotchkiss of Pacers.com. Lamb is averaging 12.2 PPG in just 24.7 minutes per contest, and has made an even 50% of his three-point attempts through 17 games. “It’s great to see how far I’ve been able to come,” Lamb said. “I’m still getting stronger, still working on it, but it’s encouraging.”
  • Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr., who underwent surgery on his hand earlier this month, is making positive progress and recently had his cast removed, tweets Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. Nance was ruled out at least six weeks when he underwent the procedure, so we won’t see him back until sometime after the All-Star break.
  • Missing their top two point guards, the Pistons are seeing some positive signs from Dennis Smith Jr. and Saben Lee, says Rod Beard of The Detroit News. Lee, who has averaged 15.3 PPG and 4.3 APG in his last three games, is showing why GM Troy Weaver referred to him as part of Detroit’s “core four” of rookie building blocks, despite the fact that Lee was a second-round pick who signed a two-way deal, writes Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.
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12 thoughts on “Central Notes: LaVine, Young, Lamb, Nance, Pistons

  1. Sillivan

    Hawks don’t want to pay max to Collins so they have to trade him

    If Bulls don’t want to pay max to LaVine, they have to trade him next year trade deadline

    The trade offers have to be sexy
    5 future Firsts would be a sexy example

        • I don’t know why people keep talking about the bulls trading Lavine, it’s not happening, bulls max contract their stars, Derrick rose was instantly maxed when he could be, Lavine will be instantly maxed

          • Bulls will pay the market price to keep LaVine. Bulls would be considered a joke if the team won’t pay the players who deserve to be paid.

  2. Sillivan

    Raptors don’t want to pay 2 years 60 million to Lowry they have to trade him
    Pelicans don’t want to pay insane amount of money to Lonzo …

    Rockets don’t want to overpay Jarrett Allen, he has been traded

    Bulls and Rockets owners don’t have passion to overpay roll players

  3. Jake1972

    Young is needed for the push in the playoffs but I do not see the Bulls going far into the playoffs because they lack a true PG ( White will not cut it ) and a Big Man at C.

    If the Bulls were out of contention then it would be easy to say trade LaVine and Young while their value is high but seeing the Bulls are playing better under the new Coach make that impossible…

    Bulls should be buyers at the trade deadline but only for a PG and C that will help balance the team, so look for Tomas, White and Lauri to be on the move if the Bulls do add for there playoff push…

    As much as I like White he has no place on the team seeing he is not a true PG and the Bulls have LaVine…

    • Think the Bulls should just do nothing. Just finish out this season with the current roster. Would be terrible for moral to trade Young (unless another team makes an overwhelming offer). The Bulls aren’t going for the title this season. Will have lots of open cap space next season. Bulls should just get into the playoffs and give their fans something to cheer about for a change. Then just be patient and see how the roster can be improved in the offseason. Better to make no trades than bad trades.

      • In retrospect, Porter is the player to explore trading. Although with Porter injured all the time, the other teams might have little interest.

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