Atlantic Rumors: Celtics, Smart, Nets

The latest from the Atlantic Division..

  • The Celtics have indicated that they “would have to be blown away” by an opportunity to move Marcus Smart, a source tells Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe (on Twitter).  Earlier this week it was reported that the Celtics were seeking Nerlens Noel in a deal for the guard.  Smart and Noel were No. 6 overall picks in back-to-back years.
  • Nets GM Billy King told reporters there is a possibility the Nets could go into next season with Brook Lopez, Thaddeus Young, Joe Johnson, and Deron Williams all on the roster, Mike Mazzeo of tweets.
  • When asked if Lopez and Young are max players, the Nets GM replied, “Next question,” according to Mazzeo (Twitter links).
  • One agent representing a fringe first-rounder the Sixers called for told Jake Fischer of SI (on Twitter) that he doesn’t want his client “to be the next K.J. McDaniels.”  McDaniels was a high second round selection of the Sixers last year but wound up signing a one-year, minimum contract offer with them after a protracted contract battle.  Later in the year, he was traded to the Rockets, and he’ll now hit free agency this summer.
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