Southeast Notes: Oden, Crawford, Celtics

December 16 2013 at 1:06pm CDT By Zach Links

Newly acquired Wizards big man Marcin Gortat expressed some frustrations last night with his role in Washington, according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post.  Despite being quoted directly for the story, Gortat took to Twitter this afternoon to combat the report.  “That’s BS …. People trying create drama within our team! I know my role and I’m not [frustrated]!!!,” tweeted the big man.  Here’s more out of the Southeast Division..

  • In this weekend’s mailbag, a reader asked Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel if the Heat will bring in someone with size in advance of the playoffs.  Winderman notes that they won’t need that big presence if Greg Oden is on track.  If Oden isn’t, it’s in Miami’s best interest to keep that under their hat to avoid the price of frontcourt insurance getting jacked up.  There’s also the buyout market, where they’ve done well in recent years.
  • Mitch Lawrence of the Daily News reported over the weekend that multiple GMs identified Jordan Crawford of the Celtics as a potential trade target for the Heat, but Winderman isn’t sure if Miami and Boston can line up for a deal.
  • The Hawks recalled rookie Dennis Schröder from the NBA Development League today. The point guard played six games for the Hawks’ affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam, and averaged 17.0 points, 6.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 turnovers in 34.0 minutes.  Schroder appeared in eleven games for the Hawks before being assigned to the D-League earlier this month.  Jared Cunningham is headed back to Bakersfield to take his place.  To keep track of all of this year’s D-League assignments, check out Hoops Rumors’ running list.
  • As Oden looks to get healthy, he has a fan in Pacers assistant coach Nate McMillan, Winderman writes.  McMillan was the only coach Oden played for in the NBA while the two were together with the Trail Blazers.
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