Southeast Notes: Bogdanovic, Gallinari, Len, Dragic

Hawks swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic has progressed his rehabilitation to include one-on-one play with contact, the team tweets. Bogdanovic hasn’t played since January 9 due to an avulsion fracture in his right knee. His next step will be reintegration into team practice. Bogdanovic was one of the premier acquisitions of the offseason, signing a four-year, $72MM offer sheet that the Kings declined to match.

We have more from the Southeast Division:

  • Another of the Hawks’ high-level acquisitions, Danilo Gallinari, is showing signs that he’s prepared to make a bigger impact. Gallinari’s 38-point eruption against Boston on Wednesday is more of what the team expected when Gallinari arrived in a sign-and-trade with the Thunder, as coach Lloyd Pierce told The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner“That’s Gallo. We know he’s capable. We know he can give us some more. We want him to give us more,” Pierce said.
  • Wizards center Alex Len has a strong bond with the team’s player development coach David Adkins and assistant Ryan Richman going back to his college days at Maryland. That was the biggest reason he signed with Washington after getting released by Toronto, Fred Katz of The Athletic writes. “I’m kind of like the brother and D.A. is kind of like the uncle/father type of guy in the relationship, I would say,” Richman said.
  • Goran Dragic has shown he can remain a rotation player beyond this season, so the Heat might be inclined to retain the veteran point guard this offseason at the right price, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel speculates. Miami holds a $19.44MM option on Dragic’s contract for next season, which it will almost certainly decline. However, the front office could ask him to return for one of its smaller exceptions.
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3 thoughts on “Southeast Notes: Bogdanovic, Gallinari, Len, Dragic

  1. KnickerbockerAl

    Always saw Len as a skilled big man. I think now the problem was thinking of him as a stretch 4. At 27 I don’t see why he can’t be a solid backup Center. I wish him the best. Love a comeback story.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    “El Gallo” always liked Gallinari. Big mistake trading him and half the team for Mello. Get healthy bro show them what you got.

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    I thought Hawks could challenge for top 4 in east this yr. Injuries have gotten in the way. Let’s see what they do healthy. I think the Collins n Trae thing is an issue too. Hope they get it together. There’s a lot of talent on that team. Collins can help a few teams. And Hawks can afford to move him. Okongwu can step right in next to Capela. Rockets should be looking at him. Wood, Collins, Tate makes a nice young front court, They are big but all can play small ball. If I’m Rockets
    I’m definitely checking out Collins situation. They could use Oladipo, PJ in three way or (4). To get Collins.

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