Eastern Notes: Bynum, Higgins, Pacers, Knicks

Here’s a look at the latest out of the Eastern Conference..

  • Sixers big man Andrew Bynum says that he never considered the possibility that he might not play this season, despite recent word that he is out indefinitely, writes Dee Lynam of CSNPhilly.com.  Philadelphia’s prized offseason acquisition has an MRI scheduled for December 20th and seems to have an optimistic lookout on things.  “Worst-case scenario, it will be another month,” Bynum said. “Best-case scenario, I can ramp [up the workouts].
  • With Cory Higgins waived, Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap says that Reggie Williams and/or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will fill in as the third point guard, tweets Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.  Charlotte cut Higgins loose yesterday in order to sign Jeff Adrien.
  • Pacers coach Frank Vogel has demoted D.J. Augustin to the third-string point guard and promoted offseason signing Ben Hansbrough to backup one-guard, writes Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.  The brother of teammate Tyler Hansbrough was the only player to make the club’s roster off of a non-guaranteed deal.
  • Jason Kidd is set to take on the Nets for the first time as a member of the rival Knicks, but he says that he will approach it like he would any other game, writes Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.

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