Bayern Munich Sports Director Daniele Baiesi talked about how he “overlooked” Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic during his time with the Detroit Pistons as Chief of International Scouting. “I overlooked Nikola Jokic. I overlooked Jusuf Nurkic,” Baiesi said for Bayern’s Open Court podcast. “With the information I had, it made me think that these aren’t the right guys for us for many reasons. Nobody is going to tell you or guarantee you ‘OK these guys would’ve worked in Detroit.’ Nobody can say that. They would be trading chips maybe, which is still better than nothing.”
People around the league wonder what Rockets general manager Rafael Stone will do next following the Harden blockbuster. As I reported last week, Victor Oladipo, an impending free agent, has eyes for Miami. Could the Heat, or another team looking to contend—such as the Nuggets or Celtics—try to acquire him? And how about P.J. Tucker? Numerous teams have already inquired about the stout versatile defender, and league sources say Houston is currently demanding three second-round draft picks for the upcoming unrestricted free agent.
Marc J. Spears: The Knicks have hired Gene Cross as a college scout, a source told The Undefeated. He previously was the Amateur Scouting Director for the Kings.
Marc Stein: Former Nets first-round pick Dzanan Musa, one of the more established names expected to be available in today’s 1 PM G League draft, has removed his name from the draft, league sources say
Justin Kubatko: Last night, Gordon Hayward became the fourth member of the 2010 NBA Draft class to reach 10,000 career points: ✅ Paul George ✅ DeMarcus Cousins ✅ John Wall ✅ Hayward The only other member of that class within 1,000 points of the mark is Eric Bledsoe (9,051). pic.twitter.com/PcrUKfDiuS