Coming into the season, we expected the big summer moves made by Atlantic teams to make the division the toughest in the Eastern Conference. So far, that's certainly been the case. As a division, the Atlantic has a .596 winning percentage in the early going, dwarfing the marks put forth by the Southeast (.438) and the Central (.385). Four Atlantic teams will be in action tonight as the division looks to continue its winning ways. In the meantime, let's round up a few notes out of Toronto, Philadelphia, and New York….
- The Raptors aren't looking into trading Andrea Bargnani, but if that stance changed, the team believes there'd be a market for him, tweets Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.
- Stephen Brotherson of HoopsWorld wonders if Jose Calderon is too valuable to the Raptors for the team to trade him.
- J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez of ESPN.com debate what Andrew Bynum's health setbacks mean for his future with the 76ers and his impending free agency.
- Although Knicks head coach Mike Woodson didn't commit to plugging Amare Stoudemire right back into the club's starting lineup when he gets healthy, he did tell reporters, including Marc Berman of the New York Post, that he believes Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony can thrive on the court together.
- In a piece for RealGM.com, Michael Scotto talks to Knicks rookie Chris Copeland about life as a 15th man in the NBA.
- We also rounded up a few Celtics items earlier today.