Eastern Notes: Celtics, Hawks, Knicks

The Celtics are trying to make significant upgrades, but it doesn’t look like they’ll lunge at just any deal, as sources tell Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald that the team is prepared to suffer through another mediocre season if it can’t make a major acquisition.

More from the east:

  • Al Horford won’t play for the Dominican Republic National Team this summer but is expected ready in time for the Hawks training camp, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). Horford is recovering from a torn pectoral muscle that he suffered in December.
  • The Hawks have shown interest in possibly signing free agents Spencer Hawes, Trevor Ariza, and Jordan Hill, tweets Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio (Twitter link).
  • Tim Bontemps of The New York Post takes a look back at the season of Nets center Jason Collins. In 22 games, he averaged 1.1 PPG and 0.9 RPG in 7.8 minutes per contest.
  • Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com looks at what the Knicks would need to do in order to have a shot at luring LeBron James to New York if he doesn’t opt out of his deal this summer and instead becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2015.
  • The Sixers need to focus on becoming a more attractive destination for free agents if they want to continue their rebuilding process, writes Mike Sielski of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Chuck Myron contributed to this post.

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