The Atlantic Division figures to be among the most interesting corners of the NBA to watch as the trade deadline approaches, with the Celtics stuffed with assets, the Raptors apparently looking for a power forward, the Knicks having just changed coaches, the Sixers a continued mystery, and the Nets in a continued search for a GM. See what’s going on around the Atlantic:
- Many teams are high on Patrick Patterson, writes Bobby Marks of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports in his trade deadline preview for the Raptors. Patterson’s name is one of those linked to the Nets in reported talks regarding Thaddeus Young.
- Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News interprets Sixers chairman of basketball operations Jerry Colangelo‘s remarks about perhaps adding to the front office and his intention that the Sixers make noise in the playoffs within three years as further signals that the power of GM Sam Hinkie is significantly reduced.
- Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge must be careful not to offer too many of the team’s draft assets at the trade deadline this week, contends Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. The C’s nonetheless have an opportunity to further their case for free agents with a strong finish this season, an endeavor that a trade for a short-term upgrade would help, Bulpett also argues.
- The time is now for team president Phil Jackson to start delivering for the Knicks, opines Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News, urging him to help the team make a strong play for this year’s postseason.