Central Notes: Allen, Οnuaku, Pacers Arena, Robinson

The fractured finger that All-Star Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen has been struggling with since March has healed, sources inform Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com (Twitter link).

Fedor adds that over ten Cleveland players are returning to the club’s practice facility this week. Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton is partaking in on-court workouts but is not yet practicing with others, Fedor adds. Sexton is still on the mend from a meniscus tear that cost him all but 11 games this season.

There’s more out of the Central Division:

  • The Cavaliers are among the NBA teams scouting Israeli Basketball Premier League big man Chinanu Οnuaku, per Aris Barkas and Stefan Djordjevic of Eurohoops. After being selected by the Rockets with the No. 37 pick in the 2016 draft, Onuaku played for two years with Houston and its NBAGL affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He has since suited up for clubs in Korea, Croatia and now Israel, where his club, Bnei Herzliya, is facing Maccabi Tel Aviv in the league semifinals. Barkas and Djordjevic note that EuroLeague teams are also intrigued by Onuaku’s recent performance.
  • The Pacers‘ home arena is putting the finishing touches on a three-year facelift. Gainbridge Fieldhouse is closing its doors until October as it undergoes the last in a series of renovations that will total a projected sticker price of $360MM, writes Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files.
  • A league source has told Marc Berman of the New York Post that the Pistons are expected to pursue unrestricted free agent center Mitchell Robinson, now that draft target Chet Holmgren, projected to be a top-three pick, appears to be off the table for Detroit. The Pistons slipped to No. 5 in the draft as a result of the lottery.
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