NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/9/14
NBA Player Updates 7/9: Free Agent News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 9, 2014
It’s been a very interesting and active week so far on the NBA free agent market, and we’re sure to see a lot more moves over the next few days. With that in mind, let’s take a look at this morning’s headlines and see who is making waves out there today. Here’s the latest.
Frye Deal: We haven’t talked about this one just yet, so let’s dig into the numbers and see what’s happening here. The Magic made a bit of a splash in the free agency pool earlier this week, inking veteran forward Channing Frye to a four-year contract. The deal is worth a reported $32 million.
Frye is coming off a successful 2013-14 season in Phoenix, where he averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds for the Suns. He opted out of the final year of his contract there to test the open market. He was out due to a heart issue in 2012-13 but is healthy once again.
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Russell Westbrook, PG, Oklahoma City Thunder: Here’s an interesting nugget out of Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook has decided that he won’t be playing for Team USA in the upcoming FIBA World Cup (in Spain).
Although the news comes without a concrete reason for Westbrook sitting things out, we can hazard a guess as to why he’s not playing. He’s coming off an injury-plagued season, during which he missed 36 games due to his surgically-repaired knee. It’s likely that he just wants to take the time to rest and make sure he’s ready for the 2014-15 NBA season.
Deng Outlook: With all the attention being paid to both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony this off-season, no one’s talking as much about Luol Deng, who himself has some free-agent decision-making to do.
He’s had interest from multiple teams, including the Heat, Clippers, Hawks, Wizards, Mavericks, Raptors, Lakers, and even his old team the Chicago Bulls.
A Deng-to-Chicago scenario is unlikely, but not downright impossible. He’ll be looking to get in the neighborhood of $12 million per year, but the Bulls likely wouldn’t be able to--or want to--go close to that number. Then there’s always the feelings-hurt resonance from Chicago’s trade of him to the Cavaliers last season after he balked at a lowball number in contract extension talks.
We won’t know much about Deng’s potential future until the LeBron-Carmelo hysteria calms down. It’ll be then that teams will increase their offers--with some probably overpaying--for the league’s third most desirable free-agent forward.
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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