NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/6/14
NBA Player Updates 7/6: News, Updates, Speculation, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 6, 2014
Now that the long holiday weekend is nearly over, we’ll be getting some fresh news on the NBA free agent market. There are plenty of rumors and hearsay out there, and it’s anyone’s guess what the facts will eventually be. Here’s a look at the latest headlines from around the league.
Bosh’s Next Move: With all the talk centered around LeBron James potentially leaving Miami for greener pastures--and taking his sweet time in deciding what to do--not too much attention has been paid to the third member of the Big Three, Chris Bosh.
Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves--the Heat will in all likelihood retain all three members of the Big Three, but on the off-chance that the group does break up, let’s look at the potential scenario for Bosh.
According to reports, he’d actually prefer taking a max-contract deal somewhere else as opposed to staying with the Heat on a lower-paying contract that could limit his options for the next four or five years.
Bosh could easily draw a max-contract salary with another team who would be happy to have him. His decision on where he goes, however, ultimately depends on where the two big free agent fish (LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony) opt to go. Once they’ve signed on somewhere, the NBA suitors will be lining up to whip out their checkbooks in front of Bosh. That considered, a lot of people are speculating that he’s the most likely member of the Big Three to search out a new home this season.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens, of course, but we may very well have seen the last of the James-Wade-Bosh era in Miami.
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Clips Get Hawes: Early yesterday, we got word of a deal going down in Los Angeles, so let’s check that one out. The Clippers got center Spencer Hawes to agree to a four-year, $23 million deal. He’s coming off a 13.2 PPG and 8.3 RPG season and has spent time with the Kings, Sixers and Cavaliers during his six NBA years.
Perhaps the most impressive thing on Hawes’ resume is his 41.6 percent three-point shooting last season, which is likely the very thing that interested the Clippers in him in the first place. This add should help out in the half-court scheme.
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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