Atlantic Notes: VanVleet, Simmons, Durant, Celtics

There’s plenty of uncertainty surrounding the Raptors and who’ll be on the team after the trade deadline but the present group survived a seven-game road trip with four victories, Michael Grange of Sportsnet notes. One of the starters in the trade rumor mill, Fred VanVleet, said the club may be turning a corner.

“We’re a good team. We got a long way to go, we got a lot of work to do but we’ve been trending upwards as of late,” said VanVleet, who can become a free agent this summer. “We can’t really worry about the past, we just got to focus on the future, whatever the future holds, you know, just take it one day at a time.”

We have more from the Atlantic Division:

  • Is there any possibility of Ben Simmons getting moved before the trade deadline? ESPN’s Bobby Marks said on the Keyshawn, JWill and Max show that Simmons has no trade value right now (hat tip to ESPN’s Nick Friedell). Marks also said that if the Nets try to trade Kevin Durant,  their return would be greater this summer than it would be before Thursday’s trade deadline.
  • Speaking of Simmons and Durant, sources told Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News that Durant has been less than enthralled with Simmons. The former No. 1 pick missed his fifth straight game on Monday due to left knee soreness, though coach Jacque Vaughn said Simmons will likely play on Tuesday against Phoenix, Nick Friedell of ESPN tweets. Winfield’s story echoes some reports from earlier in the season.
  • The Celtics may lead the Eastern Conference but they could use some help, Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe writes. Boston could use another shooter and big man. Washburn suggests Terrence Ross, P.J. Washington and Nerlens Noel as potential targets.
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