Atlantic Notes: Knicks, Chandler, Bynum, Celtics

February 1 at 3:45pm CDT By Charlie Adams

At one point, it looked like 76ers had found a bargain in offseason acquisition Tony Wroten. He was averaging 13 PPG before missing three games as a result of an ankle injury, and he was only being paid $1.1MM. Upon his return, however, he hasn’t looked quite as strong, shooting just 24% from the floor. Wroten doesn’t seem to be worried however, as Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer passes along this quote from the second year guard: “You go through things like this. It’s a long season. So I’m getting back into the groove.” Let’s look at the latest out of the NBA’s Atlantic Division:

  • Bradford Doolittle of ESPN.com gives his take on the struggling Knicks, and opines the club should try to trade Tyson Chandler for future assets (ESPN Insider link). Doolittle sees Chandler as New York’s most valuable trade chip, and he thinks it might be possible to swing the veteran center to a contender for a pick or young player.
  • The Knicks had interest in signing Andrew Bynum before he wound up in Indiana, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Berman adds they would’ve likely cut Cole Aldrich to make room for him since they’re carrying the maximum 15 players.
  • Avery Bradley is set to return to the Celtics tomorrow night, and with Rajon Rondo also back in action, Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com examines how a healthier backcourt will stand to impact Boston. Forsberg notes that the duo has shared the floor in just 51 of 277 potential regular-season games over the last four years.
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