NBA: Atlantic Division Preview 7 years ago

With the start of the NBA season just days away, we continue our team by team previews of all 30 teams in the Association. We continue through the Eastern Conference and move to the Atlantic Division. We highlight projected starters, key transactions and update which players may be getting overlooked in ongoing Flea Flicker auctions and drafts. Bookmark Talking Hoops and check back daily for the latest information that impacts your wagers and fantasy basketball auctions and drafts.

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Boston Celtics- Do the Celtics have enough left in the tank to give it one more run? The untimely loss of Jeff Green doesn't help as Boston gave up the heart of their defense in Kendrick Perkins at the trade deadline last season to get him. The Celtics attempted to get in the Chris Paul sweepstakes, danging Rajon Rondo, but came up empty. Doc Rivers will try to coax another season from Ray Allen and Paul Pierce on the wing. In the paint, Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O'Neal are long in the tooth, but heavy on experience. More is needed from Avery Bradley in the backcourt while newly acquired Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox provide depth underneath. Projection: 2nd Place.

New Jersey Nets- With a new arena in Brooklyn on the horizon, the Nets need to make a splash and continue to persue Dwight Howard. New Jersey needs to hang on to point guard Deron Williams, but he'll depart if he doesn't get help. For now, New Jersey has one of the top young centers in the Association in Brook Lopez. Lopez needs help on the blocks and demanded the club re-sign Kris Humphries. Andrei Kirilenko may be added to improve a below average small forward situation with Damion James...

Roster Shuffling Continues 7 years ago

In many cases, its akin to shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. We are seeing that some teams trash is another teams treasure. Clubs continue to use the amnesty clause to rid themselves of the un-wanted, with the same players welcomed by others through free agency. With most of the premiere players already re-settled, transactions from here to opening day are mostly role players as teams round out their rotations.

The Lakers continue to obtain role players to fill the minutes available with the departure of Lamar Odom. Forward Todd Murphy is the latest to join showtime, joining Josh McRoberts as depth behind Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

The Lakers along with the Knicks and Heat have expressed interest in guard Baron Davis who was cut loose by Cleveland this week. Davis, expected to miss eight to ten weeks due to injury, is hoping to sign a new deal by beginning of the week.

Another veteran guard capable of contributing is free agent Gilbert Arenas. Not surprisingly the same teams pursuing Davis are interested in Arenas. The losers of the Davis sweepstakes, Lakers, Heat or Knicks, will turn their attention to Agent Zero.

The Pacers have shipped guard Brandon Rush to Golden State for forward Loius Amundson. It appears Indiana feels they have enough talent on the perimeter as the Warriors seem to have made out on the face of the deal.

Miami is happy with Mario Chalmers distributing the ball to the big three. Chalmers gets a three year deal to stay in South Beach.

The Sixers have brought back center Spencer Hawes. The one year, four million dollar deal allows Hawes to become an unrestricted free agent at seasons end. Hawes looked solid in the preseason opener against Washington and will start for Philadelphia in the middle this season.

The Celtis brought in a backup big man that should get quality minutes off the bench. Chris Wilcox may need to play some at center with Kevin Garnett...