Central notes: LaVine, Sumner, Pistons, Bucks
September 14, 2021 at 7:13 p.m. CST by Alex Kirschenbaum
cops All-Star Shooting Guard Zach LaVine doesn’t worry about how he works with the new small forward DeMar DeRozan, per Sean Deveney from Heavy.com. Both players were main goal scorers for their respective clubs up to this point.
“I don’t understand that at all, because it’s just outside of narratives.” LaVine said about working on the pitch with his expensive new Bulls teammate. “Our job is to come out and get to know each other, of course personally and as a basketball player. It’s easy to get things going on the basketball court when everyone has the same intent and that’s the win. “
There is more from the Central Division:
- After tearing his left achilles tendon during off-season training recently, the 25-year-old became Pacemaker guard Edmond Sumner underwent a successful ligament repair operation, per team Press release. Sumner was drafted at number 52 by Xavier of Indiana in 2017 and has become a helpful reserve in his first four NBA seasons so far. In 53 games played during the 2019/20 season, Sumner averaged 7.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, and 0.9 APG at 16.2 MPG. He released a line of fire of .525 / .398 / .819.
- the Pistons could benefit from adding a third center with its guaranteed squad space available, writes Rod Beard of the Detroit Free Press. The association has signed Kelly Olynyk this summer in the free agency and are hopeful that the big man in the sophomore year Isaiah Stewart, an all-rookie second teamer, can move forward. Beard notes that it makes sense for Detroit to keep its 15th squad spot open during training camp in case another veteran center becomes available elsewhere in the NBA.
- dollar Gun Guard Donte DiVincenzo and Grayson Allen, who are both slated to be restricted free agents in 2022, could get contract extensions through October 18 this season. Eric Nehm from The Athletic believes DiVincenzo could land a multi-year deal worth $ 50 million or more, based on the deals made to players of similar caliber during the 2021 offseason, though Nehm wonders if the Bucks will be cautious to lengthen him before he sees him playing on the hardwood. DiVincenzo injured a tendon in his left foot in the 2021 playoffs. Nehm regards the new arrival Allen as a kind of contingency plan for DiVincenzo.