Central Notes: Hayes, Bulls, Dotson, Thanasis

Pistons lottery pick Killian Hayes remains out indefinitely due to a hip injury but coach Dwane Casey said the rookie point guard is progressing, according to Rod Beard of The Detroit News. “It’s been solid; it’s really going well,” Casey said. “He’s in the situation where he’s moving and shooting right now. Hopefully, (he returns) sometime in the next month — don’t hold me to it; I’m going by what the medical people are talking about.” Hayes suffered the labral tear seven games into the season.

We have more from the Central Division:

  • Bulls executive VP Arturas Karnisovas anticipates a tight market heading toward the March 25 trade deadline, Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times tweets. He said there are very few sellers at the moment because most feel clubs like they’re still in the running for the postseason, including a couple of “delusional” teams.
  • The Bulls recalled guard Devon Dotson from the G League’s Canton Charge, the team tweets. Dotson was averaging 13 PPG and 5.6 APG in 10 games at Orlando’s “bubble” season. He’s on a two-way contract with Chicago.
  • Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel columnist Lori Nickel details how Thanasis Antetokounmpo provides the Bucks with an energetic wing option for coach Mike Budenholzer. The league MVP’s older brother is averaging 2.3 PPG and 2.2 RPG in 9.0 MPG in 24 appearances this season.
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14 thoughts on “Central Notes: Hayes, Bulls, Dotson, Thanasis

    • El Don

      Hayes still the best PG DET had this season, DSJ can learn a lot from Hayes if he is humble enough, right?

  1. Buckman

    Must be slow news day or an ominous sign for the Bucks when a guy averaging 2 and 2 is your high energy guy off the bench.

    • stevep-4

      No, they meant, “hi” energy, he says “hi” to Giannis, which gives him more energy.

  2. I wonder who he believes are the delusional teams. They can’t be too far behind the Bulls in the standings.

    • stevep-4

      They could be exactly in the Bulls’ position in the standings, if I am not mistaken. 8-)

    • El Don

      @DXC… realistically I think that right now in both conferences the 10 teams in the playoff/play in are competing for the offseason & the 5 out are clearly lottery teams, so it should be like 10 selling teams, but, of course some of those 10 lottery bound teams will be delusional to think they can make it… but you know what my friend?
      That is good, only wish all the teams thought they could make it & went for it, so no one would be chasing the lottery, which is a sad state of affairs that only shows how bad you have been doing your job, nothin’ good or positive ’bout it!

      • I agree. I like delusional in the pursuit of winning.
        But, here, I’m not sure some of the 11 or lower teams are delusional in thinking they can catch the teams above them. More because of the quality of the latter.

  3. south side hit men

    Curious as to what the Bulls could get for LaVine. He’s been great this year, but it seems like the ceiling for this team is .500.
    Nobody is going to want the rest of the Bulls slop.

    • The Bulls should just stand pat. The Bull’s most obvious weakness is their interior players. Last night the Nugget’s big man Jokic destroyed the Bulls 39 points 14 rebounds and 9 assists. After this season, the Bulls will have a lot of open cap space on their roster. Hopefully the Bulls can sign a couple of FAs who can help. When the Bulls have to play against Orlando’s Vucevic or the 76ers’ Embiid or the Nugget’s Jokic, the Bulls have no answer.

    • Ironmonger835

      Draft picks that you hope you can use to draft a guy that turns out anywhere close to as good as Lavine is. I don’t get why fans love when teams trade their best player for a bunch of picks that no one know what they will turn in to. He’s still only 25 so its not like they’re trading 38 year old Kevin Garnett or anything. They should not trade Lavine.

      • I agree. Lavine could win most improved player. And like you said, he’s only 25!!

      • Agree with you. Unless receiving an incredibly massive offer, don’t trade LaVine. LaVine is worth more than a few mid first round picks. The drafts are such a crap shoot with all the players in the draft being so young.

  4. davidkaner

    They have no desire to rush Killian back but it’s very important he does come back and get something out of his rookie season. It was a freak injury.

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