Atlantic Notes: Valanciunas, Calipari, Knicks, Nets

Let's round up a few Thursday afternoon updates out of the Atlantic….

  • Raptors vice president and assistant GM Maurizio Gherardini tells Aris Barkas of that Toronto still intends to bring Jonas Valanciunas to North America for next season. Between last year's fifth overall pick and potentially another top-five pick in this year's draft, the Raptors appear poised to add a ton of tantalizing young talent to their roster.
  • John Calipari said yesterday that he has no interest in an NBA coaching job, but Frank Isola of the New York Daily News argues that Calipari couldn't possibly say anything else at this point. Isola hears that the Knicks are still targeting the Kentucky coach for next season.
  • The Knicks' current coach, Mike Woodson, would "absolutely" like to continue coaching the team next season, as Ian Begley of writes.
  • Last night's game may have been a preview of the Nets' future if Deron Williams doesn't re-sign, says Colin Stephenson of the Star-Ledger.
  • As Tim Bontemps of the New York Post writes, it's no lock that the Nets will lose their lottery pick in May.

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