Eastern Notes: Irving, Rondo, Augustin, Nets

December 14 2013 at 6:03pm CDT By Zach Links

WIll Kyrie Irving stay or go?  It’s probably too early to say considering he’s still on his rookie deal with the Cavs, but this is a fanbase that has been burned before.  If the yahoo who ran on to the court with a shirt imploring Kyrie not to leave is any indication, Cleveland fans will continue biting their nails until 2016.  Scott Cacciola of the New York Times looked at the road ahead for the star guard and the attention that will be around his decision (with a lower case “d”) over the next few years.  More from the Eastern Conference..

  • Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Rajon Rondo was cleared for contact practice today but he won’t play until the New Year, tweets Jeff Goodman of ESPNBoston.com.  Rondo was all over Hoops Rumors earlier this month when it was reported that Carmelo Anthony was working to woo him to New York for the summer of 2015.  Both players have denied that ever happening, however.
  • D.J. Augustin passed on NBA interest from elsewhere to sign on with the Bulls, writes Shams Charania of RealGM.  “My agent and I both felt this would be the best opportunity,” Augustin said. “I just couldn’t pass it up.
  • The win-now approach of the Nets and Knicks is more about seeing who can spend the most money than actually vying for a title, writes Tomas Rios of Sports On Earth.
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