NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/18/14
NBA Player Updates 6/18: Heat, Rockets, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 18, 2014
The NBA Draft and free agency period are fast approaching, and the fresh news is coming in just as quickly. Let’s take a moment to sift through all the headlines and rumors out there to see what some of the noteworthy names are up to this morning. Here’s the latest from around the league.
What’s Next for the Heat?: This summer will be a big one for the defending Eastern Conference Champion Heat. They’re heading into a long off-season following a humbling defeat at the hands of the Spurs, who stopped them short of earning a third straight NBA title.
That leaves a lot of questions in the wake of the 2013-14 campaign for Miami. The biggest one of all involves LeBron James, who has an option this summer to opt out of his contract and potentially leave town. (Or opt in and stay for at least one more year.) Given the fact that he was the only Heat player who looked like he was contributing in the Finals this year, the speculation that he’ll skip town has run rampant.
Then there’s Dwyane Wade, who made it through the playoffs intact this season, but has become less of an impact player in recent years due to injuries. He claimed he was 100 percent during the Finals, but his shooting line (7-for-25 in Games 4 and 5) would say otherwise.
Still, there are a lot of reasons to think that the Heat have at least one more run in them with this current cast of characters. There’s even been some speculation that the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (who almost certainly will be leaving New York) may even join the Big Three in Miami, if all the salary math can work out.
Only time will tell how things will shake out, but if we had to guess, we’d imagine we’ll see James, Wade and Chris Bosh in Heat uniforms again next season.
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Rockets’ Potential Plans: Now let’s visit with the Houston Rockets, who are reportedly heading for a very busy off-season. The team has been very aggressive in free agency lately, most notably luring superstar center Dwight Howard away from the Lakers last season. We could be seeing the same thing come July, depending on what the potential top free agents do.
With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all having the ability to opt out of their current contracts this summer--and with Carmelo Anthony more than likely doing the same--we could have a free agent bonanza on our hands. If that’s the case, expect the Rockets to be players for both Anthony and Bosh--with Anthony being a very realistic possibility. If Houston can add either one of those players, they’ll take yet another step forward into the fray of a very talented Western Conference.
NBA 2014 Off-Season Schedule: It’ll be a long off-season, but we’ll have plenty of happenings (and rumors) around the league to keep us busy. The major events this summer will be the NBA Draft and the free agency period, so let’s check out the dates on those and a few others.
June 26: NBA Draft
July 1: Teams can officially begin negotiating with free agents
July 10: Players can begin signing contracts
October 4: Pre-season begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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