Atlantic Notes: Thomas, Tatum, Simmons, Dinwiddie

According to Ian Begley of, discussions between the Nets and veteran forward Lance Thomas have centered around Thomas having a regular season roster spot.

The Nets have 15 players on guaranteed deals and can add an extra player to their roster during the last 20 games of Wilson Chandler‘s 25-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. When that suspension is over, however, the Nets would have to waive Thomas or someone else to get back to 15 players.

Begley adds that Thomas has a good relationship with Kevin Durant from their days together in Oklahoma City, so that will only help Thomas’ chances of staying on with the Nets should he be signed.

There’s more from the Atlantic Division tonight:

  • Celtics head coach Brad Stevens says that Jayson Tatum is ready to go for the opening of camp next Tuesday, telling Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald that Tatum is “fine” after suffering an ankle sprain while playing for the U.S. national team. “He’s ready to go from what I’ve been told… I don’t know if he will do anything 5-on-5 this week, but we anticipate no issues when camp starts next week. At least, that’s the latest that I got.”
  • The Sixers have officially announced several new hires and promotions for the 2019/20 season, including the addition of former NBA big man Roy Hibbert as the team’s new player development specialist, which was reported back in August.
  • Sixers All-Star Ben Simmons tells Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press that he found his love of the game again this summer. “I kind of got back to who I was and having fun with the game. I felt like the past season I lost that enjoyment side of it but I feel like this summer has been huge for me. Just the work I’ve been putting in, I kinda fell in love with putting that work in again and I’ve been in the gym every day working and the results have been paying off so I’m excited for the season to start.”
  • Shams Charania of The Athletic sat down with Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie to get some more details on how the 26-year-old is turning his contract into a digital investment vehicle.
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2 thoughts on “Atlantic Notes: Thomas, Tatum, Simmons, Dinwiddie

  1. Tazza

    I think if given the opportunity I would go after Bradley Beal, Devin Booker or even Jrue Holiday and would use LaVine as part of the deal. You could include Dunn, Valentine and picks also. I think with ADs up and coming Free Agency aswell that you want to get in a star to help convince him that Chicago can be a winning team. Especially for Davis in an easier Eastern Conference he could dominate.

    Imagine a line up of White, Beal or Holiday, Porter, Davis and Markeneen.

    That’s a whole team that can shoot the 3 well, potentially 3 really really good defenders, twin towers, fast pace offence. Even off the bench you have depth with Satoransky, D. Hutchinson, Thad Young and Carter Jr.

  2. x%sure

    There was a mention on the Dinwiddie link that the bitcoin-bond deal requires a minimum $150k investment. Gonna have to pass on that.
    Dins has some slick finance-talk game.

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