Eastern Notes: Celtics, Williams, Cunningham

December 29 2013 at 8:38pm CDT By Zach Links

It’s been a fascinating year for the Celtics following their blockbuster deal with the Nets.  The C’s hit the reset button by shipping Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn and while they’re anxiously awaiting Rajon Rondo‘s return, there’s plenty of reason to believe that the future in Boston is bright.  GM Danny Ainge reflected on 2013 with the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett.  “It was tough because we had so many injuries during the course of the year,” said Ainge. “I thought that our team was actually better than it ended up showing in the playoffs — without Rondo, without Sullinger, without (Leandro) Barbosa, who was playing really well for us (before be tore his left ACL in February). That was tough to overcome. I think our guys did as good as could be expected with what we had.”  More from the East..

  • Terrence Williams has no plan to return to the Nets‘ D-League affiliate, the Springfield Armor, a source tells Shams Charania of RealGM.  The guard, who signed with Turk Telekom in October before parting ways after just two games, is talking to other teams.  Williams finished the 2012/13 season with the Celtics.
  • The Hawks announced that they recalled guard Jared Cunningham from the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League.  Cunningham, who was re-assigned to Bakersfield on December 16, has averaged 18.1 points, 5.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 33.1 minutes in eight games (all starts) in two stints with the Jam this season.
  • Arron Afflalo‘s NBA journey has taken him from the Pistons to the Nuggets to the Magic but he says that all of the movement hasn’t affected his development, writes Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.
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