Around the Atlantic: Nets honing in on Hollins

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Around the Atlantic: Nets honing in on Hollins

The NBA playoffs may still be in full swing, but that hasn't stopped teams out of the mix from eyeing next year.

According to a report from Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times (via ProBasketballTalk), the Brooklyn Nets have their sights set on Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins. The Nets are in the market for a new coach and Hollins' contract is up at the end of this season.

"Some NBA officials claim the Nets are honing in on Lionel Hollins, Memphis’ coach whose contract will soon expire," Woelfel said. "The Nets’ interest in Hollins is hardly surprising, especially considering the terrific job Hollins has done this season."

Woelfel also writes that the Nets will look at Scott Skiles as a backup option if they aren't able to lure Hollins to Brooklyn.

Shumpert could play in summer league
New York Knicks coaches want guard Iman Shumpert to play in summer league, reports the New York Post's Marc Berman (via ProBasketballTalk).

Shumpert returned to the Knicks midway through this season after suffering an ACL tear in the Knicks' first game of last year's playoffs. He spent most of the season trying to find his footing again before showing signs of his old form during the postseason.

Shumpert averaged 6.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 2012-13. He improved those numbers to 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds a night in the playoffs.

Colangelo getting new role with Raptors
Bryan Colangelo will be moving on from his role as Toronto general manger into the business side of operations for the franchise, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski (via ProBasketballTalk).

The Raptors are reportedly set to make a big run at Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri this offseason to lead their basketball operations.

Report: Former Villanova star Ryan Arcidiacono signs 2-way deal with Bulls

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Report: Former Villanova star Ryan Arcidiacono signs 2-way deal with Bulls

Ryan Arcidiacono is getting another shot to stick in the NBA.

According to a report on Monday by Sean Highkin‏ of TheAthletic.com, Arcidiacono has signed a two-way contract with the Chicago Bulls. Highkin reports that the deal is for one season.

Arcidiacono, the former Villanova star and champion, played for the Bulls during the Las Vegas Summer League. The point guard averaged 5.8 points on 41.7 percent shooting from the field and 44.4 percent shooting from three-point range. Arcidiacono also recorded 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in five games (three starts) for the Bulls in Vegas. 

Earlier this month, Arcidiacono signed with Juve Caserta in Italy's Lega Basket Serie A. However, Highkin writes that the club was “recently excluded from the Italian league Serie A due to financial concerns.”

After going undrafted in 2016, Arcidiacono joined the Spurs for summer league and preseason action. He was waived during the preseason but was able to latch on with the Austin Spurs, San Antonio’s G-League affiliate.

In 47 games (34 starts) for the Austin Spurs in 2016-17, Arcidiacono averaged 6.5 points, 3.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 27.5 minutes a night. He shot 47.2 percent from the field, 42.1 percent from three-point range and 81.4 percent from the free throw line.

Now with Big3, Rashard Lewis praises Sixers' signing of former teammate JJ Redick

Now with Big3, Rashard Lewis praises Sixers' signing of former teammate JJ Redick

How time flies.

JJ Redick first played with Rashard Lewis on the Magic in 2007, Redick’s second season in the NBA. Ten years later, the 33-year-old Redick has signed a massive one-year, $23 million contract to be one of the Sixers’ leaders. Lewis, 37, is currently competing in the BIG3 league. 

Both Redick and Lewis are in different places in their careers than when they were teammates. Lewis sees Redick excelling in this new chapter. 

“He’s the veteran player here, but when I played with him in Orlando he was a young fella,” Lewis said. “He’s learned a lot playing with Orlando as well as the Clippers. I’m sure he’ll share a lot of his knowledge with these guys because they’ve got a very young team.”

Redick’s NBA insight came from doing a lot of observing early on. He didn’t start off as the main offensive option. Instead, he was a student of the game in his early days with the Magic while Lewis was one of the go-to players. 

Redick averaged just 6.0 points as a rookie and 4.1 points in 8.1 minutes per game during his second season. He clocked a total of 10 minutes during a 2008 postseason in which the Magic reached the Eastern Conference semifinals. The following season in 2009, though, Redick averaged over 20 minutes during their NBA Finals run. The Magic also made it to the Eastern Conference finals the next year.

“The chemistry we had was great,” Lewis said. “I think he’s going to bring that here to Philly.”

Over time, Redick developed into one of the best long-range threats in the league. He holds a 41.5 percent career three-point shooting percentage, sixth among all active players. The Sixers have been in need of go-to scorers, especially from beyond the arc. 

“He’s going to help this team,” Lewis said. “He’s going to open it up because he’s a shooter.”

The Sixers are entering an important phase this coming season. They finally have a foundation in place and a core to build upon for years down the road, not just the time being. The younger players will benefit from listening to Redick during practices, games, team flights, and all the other scenarios in which they can soak up his experiences. That could include the playoffs, too, in the suddenly wide-open Eastern Conference. 

“The way he played the game, he’s not only a good shooter but he’s a smart player,” Lewis said. “He has a high basketball IQ. That’s why he’s still playing in the league. A lot of teams have a lot of respect for him.”