Central Notes: Murphy, Garland, Oguche, Haliburton

Pistons assistant general manager Rob Murphy has been put on leave as the organization investigates an allegation of workplace misconduct regarding a former female employee, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Murphy’s leave began approximately a week ago.

Murphy was hired as an assistant GM this offseason after serving as the Pistons’ G League president and general manager since March 2021. He had spent the previous two decades as a college coach, including 10 years at Eastern Michigan as its head coach.

We have more from the Central Division:

  • Cavaliers guard Darius Garland, who suffered a left eyelid laceration in Wednesday’s loss to the Raptors, was examined at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, according to Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Garland has no structural damage and will not need surgery. He will be re-evaluated over the next couple of days, Fedor adds in a tweet.
  • The Cavaliers and Rock Entertainment Group have named Susan Oguche as their Executive VP and Chief Communications Officer, Marc J. Spears of ESPN tweets.
  • Tyrese Haliburton wants to establish himself as one of the league’s top guards, he told Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. “Being an All-Star would be amazing,” the Pacers guard said. “I obviously would want to play on a championship team. But it would be exciting for me to be an All-Star. It would mean a lot to me and my family.”
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