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Atlantic Notes: Barbosa, Holiday, Wilkins, 76ers

As was long rumored, we learned earlier today that the Celtics added Leandro Barbosa to back up both guard positions.  After losing Ray Allen to the rival Heat, it appears the Celts have more than replaced him by adding Jason Terry, Courtney Lee and now Barbosa.  Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston breaks down the move in his rapid reaction, even pointing out that Barbosa could facilitate the development of rookie and fellow Brazilian Fab Melo.  Forsberg also offers a "roster reset" complete with the team's current obligations and some thoughts on how it will shake out.  Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe tweets that a big reason behind the move was a desire for more scoring punch from reserve guards.

Here are some other updates from around the Atlantic division:

  • Tim Keown of ESPN the Magazine writes a lengthy piece that centers on the enigma that is Carmelo Anthony.  While Anthony is as gifted as they come scoring-wise, Keown implies that he may not be the "alpha dog" that most NBA teams, Knicks included, need.  Anthony seems to thrive in international play when he is amongst stars, but when he is the best player on the court things seem to stall.
  • We've been hearing all week about a possible long-term contract extension for Sixers guard Jrue Holiday.  John Finger of CSN Philly heard today from a source that the talks have begun to pick up.  The Sixers have until October 31 to either extend Holiday or make him a qualifying offer for one year and $3.77MM.  If Holiday does not take the offer, he will become a restricted free agent next summer. 
  • Tom Moore from Philly Burbs tweets that he believes that the Sixers will soon cut their roster down to 14, with Damien Wilkins nabbing the last spot.  If true, that would make Devin Searcy and Dan Gadzuric free agents in the very near future. 
  • Michael Levin of Sixers blog Liberty Ballers writes a guest column on Sheridan Hoops, listing five reasons to feel positive about the 76ers.  If everything goes according the plan, Philly could be a rare example of a team that emerges from the typically inescapable depths of NBA mediocrity to become a legitimate contender. 

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