George Wants To Be More Physical; Bulls Trade Randolph
Tuesday Jul 15, 2014 12:00am
Paul George says he'll play more physical game
(INDIANAPOLIS) – Indiana Pacers forward Paul George says he plans on adding a more physical dimension to his play next season. Speaking to The Indianapolis Star, George says he plans on taking contact and wanting to get contact and finishing through contact. The All-Star forward averaged a career-high 21.7 points per game last season but he posted up just 5 percent of the time, ranked 74th out of 74 NBA forwards with at least 50 plays, according to ESPN Stats & Information. George told the Star that he has worked a lot on his post-up game this offseason. The 6 foot 9, 220 pound George said, according to the newspaper, he's trying to gain weight to help with his goal to be more physical. George's decision to make a concerted effort to beef up his post game comes after Pacers president Larry Bird said in his end-of-the-season news conference that he'd like better post play out of not just George but also center Roy Hibbert.
Bulls trade Randolph to Magic
(CHICAGO) – The Chicago Bulls have agreed to send Anthony Randolph to the Orlando Magic in exchange for two future second round picks. The Bulls acquire the draft rights to Milovan Rackovic from the Magic. Randolph was acquired by the Bulls on draft night as part of the deal that landed Doug McDermott from the Denver Nuggets. The Bulls sent the 16th and 19th picks in the draft, as well as a future second round pick, to Denver in exchange for Randolph and McDermott. Randolph was never thought to be part of the Bulls' future plans and is expected to be waived by the Magic, according to USA Today, which earlier reported the deal. The Randolph deal is another example of the Bulls clearing cap space to officially sign Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and re-sign veteran guard Kirk Hinrich. Those deals should be announced in the coming days, as well as the amnesty clause being used on the final year of Carlos Boozer's contract. The Bulls also officially announced on Monday that they have traded Greg Smith to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the rights to Tadija Dragicevic. Smith, who signed with the team on April 14, never played a game for the Bulls. Like the Randolph deal, the Smith move was made to create even more cap space.