Atlantic Notes: Celtics, Green, Wright, Sixers

Chuck Myron already outlined today the flurry of Atlantic Division activity that has occured this week and it just keeps rolling in.  Few would argue that the Celtics, 76ers and Nets have had big offseasons and the talented roster of the Knicks has had one more offseason to jell.  This year promises to be an eventful one in the Northeast.  Let's round up some of the Atlantic Division links coming in on Friday night:

  • Greg Payne of ESPN Boston reports that a bunch of Celtics, including Jeff Green and newcomers Jason Terry, Kris Joseph, Jamar Smith and Dionte Christmas, have been participating in informal workouts at the team's practice facility.  Payne adds that Joseph, Smith and Christmas will all be vying for the same job.
  • Speaking of Green, the 26-year-old says he has been "cleared for everything" according to ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg.  Green's contract was held up most of the offseason by insurance issues stemming from the heart surgery that caused him to miss last season.  Green's return is one reason why many think that the Celtics were big winners this offseason.  Green said today, "I've really been able to do everything — contact, my movements, my shot is there, my lift is there. Everything is coming along."
  • Dei Lynam of CSN Philly continues her offseason look at the Sixers' roster by analyzing sniper Dorell Wright, who the team acquired via trade in the offseason.  Lynam thinks that Wright is best suited to come off the bench for Philly while noting that no matter what, the 6-foot-9 swingman will get minutes.  The link includes a video with Doug Collins, who says Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday and Andrew Bynum are the only locks to start.
  • Max Rappaport of offers his breakdown of the two vacant open spots in the Philly starting lineup.  He thinks a shooter on the perimeter next to Evan Turner is vital and that Spencer Hawes has the inside track next to Bynum.  It is incredible how different the Sixers team will look from a year ago.
  • Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York caught up with four Knicks training camp invitees this week.  Oscar Bellfield, John Shurna, Henry Sims and Mychel Thompson are longshots to make the team's roster, but all seem to be in good spirits in their time at the Knicks practice facility.

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