Atlantic Notes: Pierce, Nets, Knicks, Udrih

Former NBA guard Cuttino Mobley dropped his lawsuit against the Knicks this week in order to help facilitate a comeback to the league.  The 37-year-old alleged that the Knicks pressured him into retirement in order to collect insurance on the $19MM owed to him.  Now that Mobley v. Dolan is a thing of the past, the 6'4" guard can focus on trying to help a club in 2013/14.  Here's more out of the Atlantic Division..

  • Paul Pierce admitted that uncertainty over Rajon Rondo's health helped influence his decision to get on board with the trade taking him from the Celtics to the Nets, writes Tom Layman of the Boston Herald.   “If it’s up to me I would want to rebuild to win a championship by bringing players in. They were looking at the future, down the line. Rajon might not be here for the beginning of the year or however long he takes, so it would be tough for us to be a contender or get in a position to contend. Everybody saw that and I think that helped the decision on both sides," Pierce said.
  • Jared Zwerling of chatted with the newest member of the Knicks, Beno Udrih.  The guard will make significantly less than he has in years past, but he is enthused about the opportunity to play in New York, where he feels that he has a real shot at a title.
  • Keith Schlosser of Knicks Journal posits that the Knicks should hold off on adding anyone else in order to maintain roster flexibility.  If the Knicks leave spot No. 15 wide open, then they can be in the mix for any intriguing late cuts that are made from rival training camps.  They could also give promising youngsters C.J. Leslie and Jeremy Tyler more room to grow by electing not to add another veteran.

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