Atlantic Notes: Celtics, Karasev, Karnisovas, Rosas

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck doubts the team will make a major move at the trade deadline, as he said in a recent radio appearance on the “Felger and Mazz” show on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston (video link). Boston is clinging fast to draft assets that include two likely first-round picks for this June in addition to its own.

“I think we’ll do something. Will it be transformative? I don’t know,” Grousbeck said. “There are only a few players we’d be willing to make a transformative move for because the picks could be good. I think the odds are pretty slim you do a transformative trade.”

See more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Sergey Karasev is supportive of David Blatt‘s reported candidacy for the Nets coaching vacancy, as he said on the “Sports interest” show on Russia’s Match TV, NetsDaily notes. Karasev, who played for Blatt on the Russian national team, also indicated a desire to stay in Brooklyn, according to NetsDaily. The team declined its $2,463,754 option on his rookie scale contract for next season and can’t re-sign him to a deal with a starting salary greater than that amount.
  • NetsDaily, in a pair of pieces, examines reported Nets GM candidates Arturas Karnisovas and Gersson Rosas. Both shared time in the Rockets front office and stand as relatively unknown quantities compared to former NBA GMs Bryan Colangelo and Danny Ferry, who are also reportedly up for the job.
  • Questions surround just how the Sixers view the progress of Joel Embiid‘s recovery and their internal projections for Dario Saric, but the central issue at play as the trade deadline approaches is what the team wants to do with Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel, as Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer examines.
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