NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/19/14
NBA Player Updates 6/19: Lakers, Spurs, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 19, 2014
Take one glance at the NBA headlines out there and it’s clear to see that this is going to be a very busy--and very interesting--off-season. On that note, let’s take our daily stroll around the league and check out some of the news-making players whose recent activities have been noteworthy.
Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on Bryant, so let’s see how he’s doing. He conducted some interviews this week while taking in the World Cup festivities in Brazil, and his words should offer hope for Lakers fans.
Bryant says he’s 100 percent healthy after being limited to just a half-dozen games in the 2013-14 season, and doesn’t seem too concerned about the fact that he, Steve Nash and Robert Sacre are technically the only three players under contract for the team next season.
Despite Bryant’s optimism, it’s going to be a busy off-season for the Lakers. They’ve got coaching issues to worry about in addition to the aforementioned contract situations. We should be hearing quite a bit about L.A. over the next couple of months.
USA TODAY Sports
Spurs’ Off-Season Plans: Speaking of Western Conference teams that have a lot of work to do, the NBA Champion Spurs certainly fall into that category. Leading the speculation is Tim Duncan, who has a player option on his contract and could presumably hang up his shoes and retire on top if he so desired. With him still playing at such a high level, we doubt that will happen, however.
Tony Parker’s contract isn’t guaranteed, but there’s been no indication San Antonio would bail on him. They’d be silly not to bring him back, so we can pretty much count him in as well.
Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter, Marco Belinelli and most importantly this year’s NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard are all under contract, so they’ll be back in black for the 2014-15 campaign, too.
The real changes could come with some of the other players. The Spurs have unrestricted free agents in Patty Mills, Boris Diaw and Matt Bonner, each of whom excelled in their roles last year. They’ll all get lots of attention on the open market.
Everything is speculation right now, and we’ll get our answers in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, the Spurs will certainly be thinking about nothing but enjoying their hard-earned title.
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
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.