NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/13/14
NBA Player Updates 7/13: Carmelo, Free Agent Moves, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 13, 2014
Ever since LeBron’s announcement on Friday, the proverbial NBA free agency floodgates have opened. As a result, there’s almost too much information coming in to keep up with as the speculation and rumor crank into high gear. That said, let’s take a look at the latest headlines and see who’s making news out there right now.
Thomas Deal: With all of the LeBron mania and other big-news free agent activity over the past couple of days, we haven’t had much of a chance to touch on the sign-and-trade between the Kings and Suns that went down on Friday. Let’s take a closer look at that one.
Phoenix will be getting Isaiah Thomas in the deal, with Sacramento getting a $7 million trade exception as well as forward Alex Oriakhi’s rights. Oriakhi was picked at No. 57 overall in the 2013 draft.
As for Thomas, he comes in as a nice complementary piece for the Suns. He averaged 20.3 PPG and 6.3 APG in the 2013-14 season and will fill out the guard rotation behind Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic.
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Carmelo Latest: After LeBron announced on Friday that he’d be taking his talents back home to Northeastern Ohio, all eyes were on Carmelo Anthony to see what the next big free agent domino would be doing with himself in the 2014-15 season. Well, it looks like we’ve got our answer.
Late yesterday afternoon, word broke that Anthony would be rejoining the Knicks this year on a five-year max deal worth a total of $129.5 million. He’ll get $22.5 million in 2014-15 alone.
It’s been a long and nail-biting process for Knicks fans, as Anthony was courted by a number of teams including the Bulls, Lakers and Rockets. In the end, however, it seems his loyalties ended up lying in New York with new president Phil Jackson and new head coach Derek Fisher.
Now we’ll have to wait and see if the Knicks can surround Anthony with any type of talent in the short term--or if he’ll have to endure another crushing season of sub-mediocrity under the current salary cap constrictions.
Carter Deal: Veteran guard Vince Carter found himself a new home yesterday, but he’s sticking in the Western Conference. He’ll be signing a three-year contract with the Grizzlies worth $12.2 million, and this move has to leave some fans in Dallas shaking their heads.
The Mavericks reportedly offered Carter $8 million for two years, but couldn’t put together a formal contract since they’ve got some other offers out there.
All things considered, it’s a good depth signing for Memphis. The veteran Carter notched 11.9 PPG and 3.5 RPG last year.
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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