Let’s round up a few Tuesday morning items from around the Atlantic Division, where the Sixers still sit atop the standings despite last night’s loss to the Warriors….
- Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Spencer Hawes are expected to be the subject of plenty of trade rumors this season, but John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News wonders why the 76ers couldn’t build around those three players. Smallwood likes Young in particular, since he’s locked up to a cap-friendly, multiyear deal. I respect Young’s point, but with Turner and Hawes hitting free agency next summer, I’m not sure it makes sense for the Sixers to pay what it would take to keep them.
- The Celtics dropped their fourth consecutive game last night in Memphis, prompting Grizzlies guard Tony Allen to recall being part of the last rebuilding process in Boston. Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe has the details.
- Rudy Gay has been the subject of trade rumors recently, but Tom Ziller of SBNation.com can envision Gay and DeMar DeRozan forming a solid offensive pairing with the Raptors.
- Sources tell Frank Isola of the New York Daily News that owner James Dolan was “ready to erupt” during the Knicks‘ game against the Timberwolves, and tracked down GM Steve Mills to vent about the team.