NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/22/14
NBA Player Updates 6/22: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 22, 2014
The NBA Draft will be coming up in just a few days, with free agency not too far behind. In the meantime, there are tons of developing storylines out there in the league, so let’s take our daily look at the basketball world and see what’s happening out there. Here’s the latest.
Clippers Pair Intend to Opt Out: Late last week, a report surfaced concerning a pair of Clippers reserves and their off-season plans. Both Glen Davis and Danny Granger, who were acquired around mid-season, will opt out of their current contracts and head for the unrestricted free agent market.
Davis played in 23 games last year, averaging 4.3 PPG. Meanwhile, Granger played in 12 games for Los Angeles, averaging 8.0 PPG. It’s unclear what the market will be on either player, but both should be able to find homes.
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Joel Embiid Timeline: Now that (former) consensus No. 1 pick Joel Embiid has had successful foot surgery, we start looking forward to his timeline and potential return. He’s got 4-6 months of rehab ahead of him before he’ll be ready to hit the basketball court again and has two screws in his right foot after suffering a fracture this past week.
Embiid’s latest health issue comes after he missed both the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments due to a back injury, so he’s got more than one red flag next to his name. He was originally expected to go No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in this week’s draft, but now he’ll be in limbo as the speculation runs rampant heading up to the big day.
How far will he fall? There’s really no way to tell just yet. Realistically, we doubt he’ll last outside the top six; Worst case scenario, maybe he falls to No. 8 or so. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Kevin Love Outlook: Most people (ourselves included) wouldn’t have been surprised to see a Kevin Love deal finished up by now. Minnesota, however, is taking its sweet time with potential trade negotiations and seem to be waiting until they can get exactly what they’re looking for in a partner.
The whole situation is pretty unpredictable right now; The Warriors seem to be closest to closing a deal with a possible David Lee/Klay Thompson package. The Timberwolves don’t really seem to want prospects or picks; They want pieces that can help them improve in the short term.
All of that said, there’s a distinct possibility that Minnesota simply holds onto Love until much closer to this year’s trade deadline. Playing the waiting game could grant them some leverage toward a team desperate to add Love as they make a run at the 2014-15 playoffs. It could be a while before we see a concusion here--unless some team steps up and gets crazy before the draft.
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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