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Brewer, Watson done with Bulls?

6 Jun

Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com writes: “While Brewer has always figured to be the odd man out of that group because second-year swingman Jimmy Butler could step into that role, the reality is the Bulls may also decide not to bring back Korver or Watson.

The Chicago Bulls want to pay the least amount of luxury tax, if they end up over the threshold, in 2012-13 and that means Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson could be let go.

The contracts for Brewer [$4.37 million] and Watson [$3.2 million] don’t become guaranteed for next season until July 11, so they have to be waived by July 10. Korver [$5 million] will likely make the opening night roster and stick for at least the first 17 days of next season as he has $500,000 in salary protection.

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Pacers eyeing West replacements?

5 Jun

The Pacers own the No. 26 pick in this month’s NBA draft, and they appear to be targeting versatile forwards that can rebound and step out and shoot from the perimeter.

It makes sense, too, because David West will be 32 year old and in the final year of his contract next season.

A cheaper, more long-term solution could be available via the draft, and the depth in the draft this year could set up well for the Pacers. Here are four players to watch out for that could be there at No. 26: Draymond Green (Michigan State), Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure), Mike Scott (Virginia) and Royce White (Iowa State). All four fit the description of a rebounder/shooter, and in White’s case he can even handle the ball. Indiana had each of these players in for a workout on Monday, along with point guard prospects Scott Machado (Iona) and Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas).

Jared Cunningham a draft sleeper?

5 Jun

For those of you who didn’t see Jared Cunningham in his three years at Oregon State, think a shorter version of Gerald Green (Nets)- an wiry, strong, athletic leaper.

It’s another NBA player, though, that could help Cunningham go from a second-round talent to a possible late first-rounder. That player is Boston’s Avery Bradley.

NBA executives saw first-hand how Bradley’s smothering on-ball defense helped propel the Celtics in the second half of this season, and Cunningham projects as a similar defender at the next level. And while Bradley played just one year of college ball, Cunningham starred at Oregon State for three seasons, so he could conceivably make a quicker adjustment to the NBA game.