The Bulls might be moving on from [Cameron] Payne, as well, and a source close to the situation explained Thursday why that might be best for the organization.
“We knew the second practice [after he was acquired] that he couldn’t play at [an NBA] level,’’ the source said. “The only reason it took two practices was because we thought maybe it was nerves in the first one.
“Any [Bulls] coach who says differently is lying. . . . We got ‘Garred’ on that one.’’
The source was referring to general manager Gar Forman, who sent Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to the Thunder for a package that supposedly was highlighted by Payne. The front office even called Payne “the point guard of the future.’’
Sources: Trae Young Had ‘secret workout’ with Cavaliers Saturday
Source: Trae Young conducted a secret workout with the Cavs on Saturday. If Michael Porter is gone, it seems to be a toss-up at the moment between Young and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for Cleveland at #8. We’ve given Shai the nod in our latest mock today:
Source: Trae Young conducted a secret workout with the Cavs on Saturday. If Michael Porter is gone, it seems to be a toss-up at the moment between Young and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for Cleveland at #8. We’ve given Shai the nod in our latest mock today: https://t.co/hpiDE2e70Y
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 19, 2018
Source: Jonathan Givony on Twitter
Sources: Mikal Bridges Top Target for 76ers at No. 10
Sources: Raptors Gauging Market on Norman Powell
Norman Powell is also a noteworthy trade chip. The Raptors have already been gauging interest in the 25-year-old guard ahead of the draft, sources tell TSN. After signing a four-year, $42-million extension in the fall, Powell turned in a disappointing third NBA season, losing his starting job in November and then falling out of the rotation altogether.
Although they believe he can bounce back, the team’s depth has made Powell expendable. If they’re going to move him, this might be the best time to do it.
Source: Josh Lewenberg of TSN