NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/3/14
NBA Player Updates 7/3: News from Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 3, 2014
It’s been a very busy week around the NBA as players find themselves new homes--and return to their old ones--in free agency. Let’s take our daily look around the league to see the old faces in new places and check out what’s on the horizon for the basketball world.
Nets Hire Hollins: Well, that didn’t take long. Yesterday, the Nets announced an agreement in principle for former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins to take over their vacant head coaching vacancy. He comes in to replace Jason Kidd, who bolted for Milwaukee after being denied more power over personnel decisions--and a very odd situation all together.
Hollins will get his introductory press conference on Monday after the holiday weekend. He’s coming off a 56-win season in Memphis and the 2013 Western Conference Finals. He was the only person Brooklyn ended up interviewing at all, though according to sources they also reached out to one other person who did not wish to pursue the position.
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Miles Deal: C.J. Miles has a new home. He and the Pacers agreed to a deal yesterday. He’ll be signing an $18 million, four-year contract in Indianapolis.
He was only able to play in 51 games for Cleveland last season, averaging 9.9 PPG. On the year, Miles shot 39 percent from three-point range.
Ginobili Injured: Spurs fans’ hearts skipped a beat yesterday when it was announced that Manu Ginobili has a stress fracture in his leg. The recovery window here is about two months, which isn’t as bad as it could be.
Plan on seeing Ginobili back in action around training camp time as the Spurs look to defend their title.
Gordon Deal: Here’s an interesting deal from yesterday. Ben Gordon and the Orlando Magic agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $9 million. We didn’t get to see much of him in Charlotte last season after a bizarre situation between him and the coaching staff. Gordon only hit the floor during 19 games during the 2013-14 campaign.
Stephenson Deal: Let’s head back to Indianapolis and check in on the Pacers’ attempts to re-sign guard Lance Stepenson. The two sides are reportedly at an impasse in negotiations, with Stephenson wanting more than an offered five-year, $44 million contract that’s currently on the table.
If Stephenson and the Pacers can’t agree to terms, expect to hear a lot of rumors about the Bulls, Lakers and Hornets, who are all reportedly interested in his services.
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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