NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/11/14
NBA Player Updates 7/11: Free Agent Signings, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 11, 2014
The latter part of this week has been extremely busy when it comes to off-season NBA news. We’re sure to see plenty more dominoes falling in the next few days, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at some of the headlines and try to determine where things will go from here.
Vasquez Deal: This signing happened late Wednesday, but we haven’t talked about it just yet. Let’s take a closer look and see what it means for the Raptors’ immediate future.
Greivis Vasquez, who was a restricted free agent, re-signed with Toronto this week, agreeing to a two-year, $13 million deal. This proves what he’s been saying about wanting to stay in Toronto since he was traded to the Raptors last year from the Kings.
Overall, it looks like a nice piece for the Raptors. Vasquez posted a 9.5 PPG average and 3.7 APG average in a backup role behind Kyle Lowry.
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Blake Deal: PG Steve Blake agreed to terms with the Trailblazers yesterday, inking a two-year contract worth $4.2 million. The second year features a player option.
Between the Lakers and Warriors, Blake ended up averaging 6.9 PPG and 5.6 APG overall during the 2013-14 season.
Irving Extension: In a lesser headline out of Cleveland yesterday (since it doesn’t directly feature LeBron James), Kyrie Irving signed his contract extension yesterday, making his extended stay in Cleveland official.
Irving’s deal is worth five years and $90 million. He’ll be with the team through the 2019-20 season.
In 2013-14, he averaged 20.8 PPG with 6.1 APG and 3.6 RPG in his 71 appearances. He also notched an All-Star Game MVP.
Tucker Deal: While we’re waiting on LeBron, let’s continue to check out some of the other signings around the league. The Suns inked P.J. Tucker to a three-year, $16.5 million contract in a re-signing yesterday.
Tucker managed 9.4 PPG and 6.5 PPG over his 81 games during the 2013-14 season. He also notched a 38.7 percentage from three-point range.
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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