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Atlantic Notes: Stevens, Brown, Smith, Fredette

The Celtics haven’t had any discussions about filling their open roster spot, coach Brad Stevens said Monday night, according to MassLive’s Jay King. Boston is in no rush to sign anyone to fill the vacancy created when team worked a buyout with David Lee, the coach added, but Stevens nonetheless has an idea of what he’d want in a 15th man.

“I think that we’ll continue to look for versatility,” Stevens said. “And we’ll continue to look for shooting if the right people become available, if we feel like it’s a great fit for our team or if we need them based on injuries or whatever the case may be.”

Boston is reportedly eyeing Reggie Evans, though that appears to be a long shot, at best, and he wouldn’t fit the criteria Stevens laid out, as King notes. See more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Tony Brown knows he’s not going to win much as Nets interim coach, but he thinks that if he can make strides in developing the team’s young players, an effort he believes he can achieve in part through a faster tempo, it’ll help his case for his next job, as Brian Lewis of the New York Post relays. It’s unclear whether Brown has a legitimate chance at staying in the Nets head coaching gig beyond this season. “This is not just an audition for [new Nets GM] Sean [Marks]. A lot of teams are looking to see how I’m doing in this position. It’s a résumé-type deal here,” Brown said.
  • Evaluating whether soon-to-be free agent Ish Smith is worth keeping as the starting point guard is one of the key tasks the Sixers face down the stretch of the season, argues Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News, who heard from one rival executive who doubts Smith is any sort of game-changing force.
  • Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis doesn’t seem enthusiastic about the team’s addition of Jimmer Fredette on a 10-day contract, observes Marc Berman of the New York Post.
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5 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Stevens, Brown, Smith, Fredette

  1. Even if Ish Smith isn’t a game changing force and/or considered a long term piece, he at least warrants consideration as a really good backup point guard. There are plenty of other backup point guards who are worse than him. While I wouldn’t want him to be a starter for my team, I would be more than happy to have him as the backup who could fill in every so often as a spot starter if/when the starter is hurting.

    • chris crouse

      He’s a nice back-up. I’m not sure he stays in Phila. I don’t think they are going to pay any sort of premium for him.

  2. phillyphan

    Why not? Sixers have by far the most cap space in the league.

  3. nsmith12641

    Celtics could bring Perry Jones back

  4. nsmith12641

    Celtics should bring Perry Jones back

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