Eastern Rumors: Jefferson, Knicks, Robinson

Here's a look at the latest from the Eastern Conference on a busy first evening of free agency:

  • Al Jefferson will be meeting with the Bobcats on Wednesday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, but Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer doesn't believe much will come of it (Twitter links).  
  • The small forward position is still a need for the Knicks and they inquired about both Francisco Garcia and Matt Barnes, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post (via Twitter).
  • The Knicks spoke with Nate Robinson's representatives, but don't count on the diminutive point guard winding up back in New York, Berman tweets.
  • The Celtics are set to be a taxpayer in 2013/14, but president of basketball operations Danny Ainge hinted today that the team will try to get under the tax line, as Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com notes. Still, it looks like Rajon Rondo will be sticking around Boston.
  • The agreement between Mike Dunleavy and the Bulls figures to help second-rounder Erik Murphy make the Chicago roster, tweets K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. 
  • Beno Udrih's agent told Sean Deveney of the Sporting News (on Twitter) that his client is "less likely" to re-sign with Magic but a return is "not impossible".  The Pinnacle Management client has ten teams interested in him, according to his agent, though he wasn't specific on which clubs.  Deveney has heard that the Wizards and Celtics are among those with interest, though the Wizards are probably out, with Eric Maynor coming aboard.
  • The Pacers officially announced that they have hired Nate McMillan as associate head coach.
  • Patrick Ewing will be Steve Clifford's associate head coach in Charlotte, with Bob BeyerStephen SilasBob Weiss and Mark Price filling out the Bobcats staff, according to a team press release.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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