Atlantic Notes: Nets, Garnett, Carmelo

The struggling Nets could use a return by Deron Williams, contends Reid Wallach of  Only the Knicks had a worse January offensively than Brooklyn, and Wallach argues that the point guard play of Jarrett Jack and Darius Morris is a big reason why. Williams, whose maximum contract runs through 2016/17, may not be the player he once was, but he could lead another late-season Nets run to the playoffs. Williams went through a full practice Sunday, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. (Twitter link).  More from the Atlantic Division..

  • Amid speculation that the Nets could buy him out, Kevin Garnett says that he’s not thinking much about that possibility.  “When that road comes, I’ll cross it and I’ll deal with it,“Garnett said, according to Stefan Bondy of the Daily News. “A lot of things with family, situation and things, it’s not just convenient to get up and move, to change things. It’s not as convenient as it once was when I was younger. I have a lot more responsibilities and things to take into account.”  In December it was reported that Garnett has been telling people that this will be his last season in the NBA.  Meanwhile, one has to imagine that KG could get a call from Doc Rivers and the Clippers if he’s freed from his current deal.
  • Knicks star Carmelo Anthony can only be so patient with the team’s rebuilding process.  “The time is now ….I don’t think we can wait. Not just for my sake, just in general,” Anthony said, according to Ian Begley of (on Twitter).
  • On Saturday, Jared Sullinger said that Celtics coach Brad Stevens has asked him to take more shots and to take shots off of different actions since Boston’s stretch of trades, according to the team’s official Twitter.

Arthur Hill contributed to this post.

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