NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/10/14
NBA Player Updates 7/10: LeBron, Carmelo, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 10, 2014
It’s been an extremely interesting week in the NBA, as the free-agent soap opera trudges on--and today marks the first eligible contract-signing day. While we’re all speculating and trying to figure out where the remaining big names will land, let’s take a look at the headlines and see what’s happening out there right now. Here’s the latest.
Hayward Deal: Let’s check out the details of the deal restricted free-agent Gordon Hayward agreed to with the Hornets yesterday.
Hayward will be getting a max contract, reportedly earning him $63 million over a four-year period. When he inks that deal (likely today), the Jazz will need to match that offer to retain his services, or else he’ll head to Charlotte.
By most indications, Utah is going to pay up, which makes sense. Hayward averaged 16.2 PPG, 5.2 APG and 5.1 RPG last year, his career-best.
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Three-Team Trade: There was a significant trade that went down yesterday, and depending on how you look at it, we might see the writing on the wall here.
Here’s how things went down: The Cavaliers sent Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev to the Nets, who shipped Marcus Thornton over to Boston. The Celtics also get Tyler Zeller and a future first-rounder from the Cavaliers.
The move is a salary dump, first and foremost, as Jack has two years and $12.6 million left on his deal. Despite all the rumors of Cleveland doing this specifically to make room for a triumphant LeBron James return, it makes sense to move him anyway.
We’ll have to wait and see what--if anything--comes of this, but the buzz is strong in Cleveland. Today should be a very eventful day when it comes to added information here.
Carmelo Latest: With LeBron’s Vegas meeting ending yesterday with no new deal in sight, our attentions now turn to Carmelo Anthony, who (if the recent reports are to be believed) will be announcing his decision today.
To the delight of Knicks fans, Anthony is reportedly going to be staying in New York, after a week of difficult consideration and thought.
The Knicks have offered Anthony a max contract, consisting of $129 million over a five-year period. We’ll have to wait for the official announcement, of course, but things are looking good for New York.
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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