NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/1/14
NBA Player Updates 7/1: Free Agency Begins, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 1, 2014
We’ve officially reached a new month, and today marks a very important time in the NBA off-season. Teams can now officially begin negotiating with free agents, and we’ve got several big fish out there to watch. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and check in with some of the headlines.
Carmelo’s Schedule: Today marks a big day for free agent Carmelo Anthony. He’ll be beginning his tour today and will head to Chicago first to have a chat with the Bulls. After that, it’s off to Texas tomorrow, where he’ll meet with the Rockets and the Mavericks. A meeting with the Lakers will reportedly come sometime next week (if things progress that far).
A dark horse in this race is the Phoenix Suns. They’re expected to make a pitch to Anthony at some point, and are determined to try and sign both him and the biggest fish of them all in LeBron James. The Suns have room enough for two max contracts and also boast a roster full of emerging young talents who could help form a dynasty under the right circumstances. They also have three first-round draft picks in 2015.
With all of that competition for his services, it’s hard to see what the Knicks can offer Anthony that will entice him to return to New York. We’ll just have to wait and see what their pitch is like, and more importantly what Carmelo thinks of it.
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Hawks-Raptors Trade: A minor trade went down late Sunday between the Raptors and the Hawks, so let’s check that one out to see its impact on both teams. The Hawks get John Salmons (and the rights to Lucas Nogueira), and Toronto gets Lou Williams.
It’s a depth move for Toronto in getting Williams, who didn’t play much in Atlanta after his knee surgery. Salmons didn’t play much himself after getting to the Raptors via the Rudy Gay trade. We’ll see if each player can carve out a niche with his new team.
Irving Agrees to Max Extension: The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t mess around when it came to getting their star Kyrie Irving inked to a long-term deal. The two sides agreed on terms early this morning for a five-year extension worth $90 million. The deal will become official (and will be signed) on July 10 and will begin in 2015.
This news should be celebrated by Cavs fans, as there were some persistent rumors out there last season that Irving would possibly opt out in 2016. He’s now locked up with the club long-term and will provide a nice building block for years to come.
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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