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Amari Bailey

Eastern Notes: Bailey, Herro, Wiseman, Butler

May 17, 2023; Chicago, Il, USA; Amari Bailey brings the ball up the court during the 2023 NBA Draft Combine at Wintrust Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Amari Bailey, who was drafted in the second round, had a solid performance in the Summer League, averaging 9.3 points in 16.1 minutes per game for the Hornets. Bailey expressed how beneficial the experience was for him, stating that he enjoyed spending time with his teammates and coaches, emphasizing the strong family dynamic within the organization. As a young team, Bailey believes he can contribute and work well with everyone else. He recently signed a two-way contract with the Hornets.

Here are some more updates from the Eastern Conference:

  • If Tyler Herro becomes part of a potential trade deal between the Heat and Trail Blazers, the Raptors may show moderate interest in being the third team involved. However, Eric Koreen of The Athletic points out that while the Raptors could benefit from Herro’s shooting and scoring abilities, his defensive skills are a concern. Additionally, the Raptors are not inclined to trade away more first-round picks at this time.
  • According to Keith Langlois of, if the Pistons can help James Wiseman develop his overall game to match his physical gifts, they will have two exceptional young centers. It is anticipated that Wiseman and Jalen Duren, a late lottery pick from last year, will share playing time. Wiseman, who was traded from the Golden State Warriors, has felt rejuvenated with the opportunity to learn from his mistakes and grow as a player.
  • Jared Butler stood out as one of the best players for the Thunder during the Summer League, averaging 20 points and 4.3 assists per game. Bijan Todd of the NBC Sports Washington takes a closer look at Butler, who recently signed a two-way deal with the Wizards.

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