NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/16/14
NBA Player Updates 7/16: Free Agent Deals, Trade Talks, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 16, 2014
We’ve seen most of the major free-agent dominoes in the NBA find their places this off-season. That said, there’s still plenty we need to learn, and the upcoming moves will drastically impact the 2014-15 season. Let’s keep it going with our daily look at the headlines out there. Here’s the latest.
David Lee, C, Golden State Warriors: We haven’t touched on this one just yet, so let’s see what’s happening with Lee this week. A couple of days ago, word broke that he had undergone surgery a few weeks back, but any concern about the procedure is misplaced.
Lee had a minor operation done to repair a muscle in his core. Since going under the knife, he’s been able to work out, so it seems he’ll be just fine for the upcoming season. He’s coming off a 18.2 PPG and 9.3 RPG season in 2013-14.
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Lakers Coaching Search: The Los Angeles Lakers stand alone as the one NBA team lacking a head coach right now, but that should be rectified soon. The team is expected to make a decision on who will take the reins in the next week or two, according to sources close to the action.
The interview process isn’t yet finished, but there are a few names out there that most regard as front-runners in the search. Byron Scott is probably the lead dog in the field right now, followed by Mike Dunleavy and George Karl. Three other candidates who were interested have already accepted new positions in the time it’s taken L.A. to decide.
We’ll keep you posted on any developments, but it looks like this situation still has a while to play out.
Wolves-Warriors Talks: Will we be seeing a big-time deal between the Warriors and the Timberwolves? It’s entirely possible, but the talks have taken on a different dimension since they opened.
Here’s the impasse in a potential deal: Minnesota wants SG Klay Thompson included in a potential deal for their one major bargaining chip Kevin Love, but Golden State doesn’t want to trade Thompson. A potential deal of Love and Kevin Martin for David Lee, Harrison Barnes and a draft pick has been proposed, but that wasn’t enough for the T-Wolves.
Whether or not this situation works itself out remains to be seen. Minnesota has also had interest from Boston and Cleveland as well, so there are a few options here. As of right now, though, we don’t think Love’s going anywhere.
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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