NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/18/14
NBA Player Updates 7/18: Free Agent News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 18, 2014
Even though the NBA season is still pretty far off, we’re seeing quite a few developments out there that will be impacting the upcoming campaigns. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making news out there right now.
Stuckey Deal: We haven’t visited this one just yet, so let’s check out the details of the Pacers’ signing of guard Rodney Stuckey.
Word of the deal broke yesterday morning, as it seems the Pacers didn’t want to waste any time in replacing the departed Lance Stephenson, who bolted for Charlotte earlier this week.
Stuckey’s deal with Indiana is for one year, as he’ll fill the void at least temporarily. He’s coming off a 13.9 PPG average last year with the Pistons, but does come with a shooting weakness from long range and around the perimeter. The Pacers will likely utilize him for attacking the basket, which is what Stuckey excels at.
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Lakers News: The Los Angeles Lakers came up with a couple of interesting news items yesterday. First off, they were the team to submit the highest bid for recently amnestied free agent forward Carlos Boozer. The former Bull posted averages of 13.7 PPG and 8.3 RPG last year. He was a casualty of less-than-expected production and salary cap constrictions.
The Lakers also reportedly reached a deal with former Grizzly Ed Davis. The free agent forward has been signed for two years at a total of $2 million and will likely have a player option for the second season.
Davis is coming off 5.7 PPG and 4.1 RPG averages in 15.2 minutes last year in Memphis.
Smith Deal: The Rockets were active in the free agency market yesterday, signing a minor deal with former Phoenix guard Ish Smith. Terms of the contract were not immediately released.
Smith played one year with the Suns, averaging 3.7 PPG and 2.6 APG in 14.4 minutes. He’ll serve as a depth piece in Houston.
Bledsoe Rejects Offer: We’ll have more on this as it develops, but the Suns’ Eric Bledsoe has reportedly rejected the team’s $48 million offer to re-sign in Phoenix. The two sides are supposedly pretty far apart in talks, so it remains to be seen if Bledsoe will stick around or bolt for greener pastures as Channing Frye did.
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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