Atlantic Rumors: Smith Brothers, Bynum, Celtics

It's been a busy day around the league today, especially for Atlantic Division teams. Here's a roundup of the latest. 

  • Chris Smith, who needs patella tendon surgery that will keep him out for three to six months, isn't sure exactly how the injury happened, and had been confident he'd make the Knicks, he tells Mark Berman of the New York Post. Berman, who says there's speculation that Chris' older brother J.R. re-signed with the Knicks for less money on the condition Chris would make the team, reports coach Mike Woodson won't rule out keeping a roster spot open for the younger Smith. Still, such a move would be "highly unlikely," Berman says.
  • Sixers GM Rod Thorn emailed Tom Moore of to deny a report by Howard Eskin of Fox 29 in Philadelphia suggesting the Lakers withheld information about Andrew Bynum's condition before sending him to the Sixers. Bynum is recovering from a bone bruise in his left knee, but the big man says he thinks he'll be ready to play on opening night. Moore points out that Bynum passed a physical after the trade.  
  • Celtics coach Doc Rivers is thinking about using three different starting lineups during the season, writes Mark D'Amico of
  • Keith Schlosser of Knicks Journal wonders which of the Knicks' multitude of aging veterans will hold up best.
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