After the Bulls mortgaged their long-term future to nab 2021 All-Star center Nikola Vučević in a deadline deal with the Magic, they still missed out on a play-in tournament appearance. The club is understandably anticipated to be seeking roster upgrades this summer, especially at the point guard position, writes Matt Moore of the Action Network.
Moore suggests that free agent point guards Kyle Lowry, Dennis Schröder, Lonzo Ball, and Spencer Dinwiddie are among Chicago’s preferred targets. Given the ages of the Bulls’ two best players – 30-year-old Vučević and 25-year-old All-Star Zach LaVine – 35-year-old veteran Lowry may not be a long-term fit, but would certainly raise the team’s floor for the 2021/22 season.
There’s more out of the Central Division:
- The Pistons will get to choose from a handful of highly-touted NBA prospects with the top selection of the 2021 draft. Where Detroit opts to go in the second round of the draft is less clear. In a new piece, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic examines several possible draft-and-stash prospects the Pistons could pursue in the second round. Detroit has the Nos. 37, 42 and 52 picks in the second round. Edwards examines the fits of several draft candidates, including Zalgiris Kaunas guard Rokas Jokubaitis, Minas wing Guilherme Santos, Paris Basketball guard Juhann Begarin, and Antwerp Giants forward Vrenz Bleijenbergh.
- Among 2020/21 season holdovers, the Pistons will face some interesting roster decisions in the summer, writes Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. Langlois notes that restricted free agents Hamidou Diallo and Frank Jackson, forward Josh Jackson, deep-bench center Jahlil Okafor, 2019 draft selections Sekou Doumbouya and Deividas Sirvydis, and guard Tyler Cook all could move on during the offseason.
- The Pacers are set to hold their sixth round of pre-draft workouts Tuesday, per a team press release. The club possesses the No. 13 pick in the 2021 draft, as well as the No. 54 and No. 60 picks in the second round. Indiana will work out Kansas guard Marcus Garrett, South Carolina guard A.J. Lawson, Alabama guard John Petty Jr., Tennessee forward Yves Pons, Mississippi State guard D.J. Stewart Jr., and Clemson forward Aamir Simms.
27 thoughts on “Central Notes: Bulls, Pistons, Pacers Workouts”
DET trades J. Grant, 1 and Okafor for 7, Wiseman, 2nd rounder. GSW might be a little over h the cap so some Bum like Smiley will have to get thrown in too.
Any big trade has to include Wiggins
Warriors get Grant, Plumlee, McGruder, Jackson and 1
Pistons get Wiggins, Wiseman, 7 and 14
Wiggins is former 1
1, 2, 7, 14
Who cares if Wiggins is a former 1. If he were so valuable he wouldn’t be such a frequent guest on the trade rumor lists. Grant is worth more than Wiggins while plumlee is one of the best passing bigs in the nba. Every fan out there is so anti Detroit having the top pick that the fan proposals are now laughable.
Your trade will award the Warriors 10 number 1 picks. It’s amazing all they to do was trade Nico Mannion. Who knew he had that much trade value.
Wow, just wow. Not only is it terrible but wow. I mean you couldn’t touch 1 for Wiseman, 7, and 14. NBA2K trades don’t work in the real world. It’s like you completely ignored the fact that Detroit actually wants to put a good team out on the floor.
This might be the worst trade ive seen on here.
Have to agree, nothing good about that trade and I don’t think Pistons would do 1 for wiseman and the two GS picks.
Not sure Wiseman would go in the first round this year after seeing him play. He has Kwane Brown hands, he def wouldn’t be a lottery pick.
Your absolutely insane. Ppl are waaaaayyyyy too anxious when it comes to rookie performance. The guys still a baby and had a decent year. at 7ft 240 he would absolutely still be a top 5 pick in this year’s draft.
Actually have heard a few people speculate he could drop into the bottom part of the top 10. I don’t disagree.
Wiseman that is. Were he in this draft
IMO Wiseman will end up being an excellent player baring an injury. Last season Wiseman did well considering that he was just a 19 year old rookie with limited college experience. As you point out, Wiseman has great size and he is very athletic. Hard to find great big men. Think that a team would be foolish to give up this early.
And that says something..
Bulls should make signing Lonzo their primary goal
I don’t think Lonzo is the right player. They need someone that can force defenses off Levine and can take some of the pressure off him offensively. . Lowry might be older than their timeline but he offers the most right now. Dinwiddie would be the 2nd best option I think but he wants to play on the west coast.
Forget Lowery, he will want a contender. Lonzo makes his shots and would free up Lavine… Might cost a lot tho.
Lonzo is a career 39% FG shooter, that means he doesn’t make his shots. Oh and just this past season he shot 41% from the field so again that doesn’t help his case for being considered a shooter
K-Lowry makes 42% of his shots, not a shooter neither!
He fixed his shot, duh, look at last season. Do you guys even watch basketball?
bg89, I don’t even look at the FG% because it punishes players who mostly shoot from 3, like Lonzo does. Granted he is not good at finishing at the rim, but that would be Lavine’s job… you can’t have both guards slashing in. Somebody has to be thinking of passing the ball in. Fuller pg stats:
3pt: 8.3atts 38%
2pt: 4.5atts 48%
1pt: 1.2atts 78%
All of these are rising; assists & rebs not; not sure why, maybe a focus on shooting%. His offers could vary but he won’t be the best value.
I like your points but didn’t Lonzo shoot well this year? I think he was over 38 percent from 3. He has improved his shot, I think he would work well with Levine.
Lowry is in his middle 30s that’s a absolute waste for a team that needs to hang onto a 25 year old who has 2 years left on his contract. Lonzo is under rated on defense, shot the three above league adverage, and his some of the best court vision in the entire league. If you actually watch the Bulls you would know the team needs a real point guard first and foremost, especially one with those other growing Skills I just mentioned from Lonzo (who constantly gets better via busting his ass).
Agreed. Lowry is 35 years old. Understand that some players are still very good in their 30s but Lowry is too old for the Bulls.
Get rid of Sator first then you have $20 million cap room to sign Lonzo
If Lonzo can pass he will be good enough. The Bulls have shooters, they need better ball handling and defense, both of which Ball can provide. Williams will start getting more aggressive on offense, and White is a potentially great catch and shoot 6th man. Vooch is always a threat, but needs to be paired with a rebounding PF, even a leaper who can keep offensive sets going and be a stopper on the other end.
The game will come easier to Lavine if they just move the ball and drive more, and create fast breaks with disruptive defense.
It would likely be a sign and trade and the Bulls would lose White.
Agree. Your opinion is dead on correct. Lonzo would be a great fit and addition. You are correct. The Bulls need help Vooch in the interior. Some tall athletic guys to rebound, protect the rim and run the floor. Obviously not so easy to find because all the teams want that.
Wiseman is staying unless it is for a star. He is going to be good. Detroit is keeping 1 IMO. You don’t let Cade go. The Warriors are looking for vets. I think The Warriors are waiting to see if they can do a sign a trade with Oubre before any other move is made.