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Eastern Notes: Van Gundy, Kidd, Smith

Pistons coach/executive Stan Van Gundy vehemently shot down a report that stated Detroit was engaged in trade talks with the Nets regarding a potential Brandon Jennings for Thaddeus Young swap, Van Gundy told members of the media, including Hoops Rumors. “I got my email from [GM] Jeff [Bower] with all the discussions that have gone on and there was no mention of Brooklyn and no mention of Brandon,” Van Gundy said. “But the way you guys make [things] up at this time of year, it’s always interesting to me to find out stuff that you guys know we’re talking about that we don’t know we’re talking about. I find it interesting and amusing. 99.9% of the stuff that’s out there will never happen, mostly because 98% of it is just made up.

Here’s more news and rumors regarding the East:

  • Bucks coach Jason Kidd places much of the blame for his team’s struggles this season on Milwaukee’s youthful roster, Charles F. Gardner of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes. When asked about the difference between this season’s Bucks squad and 2014/15’s version, Kidd said, “One had age with it and being in the right spot. The longer you’re in this league, you understand what positioning and being in the right spot means. When you say it in those terms, younger players don’t quite understand that, of being at the elbow to get out, and not being out to get in. It takes time and that’s what we’re going through right now.
  • Despite the strong early returns from the acquisition of Ish Smith, Sixers team executive Jerry Colangelo is non-committal about Smith being the long-term answer at the one spot, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer relays. “Where he was picked [an undrafted free agent], because he’s bounced around quite a bit, and it’s a great story that finally maybe he’s landed somewhere where he could do a lot more than fit that description or that role,” Colangelo said. “And I think you always have to keep your options open on everything. I would say this. A month ago, we really had a big need. That need is a lot less today because of what he’s shown he’s capable of doing.

Dana Gauruder contributed to this post.

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