NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/22/14
NBA Player Updates 7/22: Free Agent Signings, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 22, 2014
The off-season rumors and speculation are running wild all around the NBA, so we fans have a lot to talk about this week. With that said, let’s take our daily look at the headlines out there and see which players are in the news. We’ll see if we can determine what’s on tap for the near future. Here’s the latest.
Bonner Signing: Good news in San Antonio this morning. Yesterday, the defending champion Spurs announced that they had re-signed veteran three-point specialist Matt Bonner. This will be his ninth season in San Antonio, which is behind only Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili in length of time with the team.
The terms of the contract weren’t immediately disclosed, but we’d imagine he gave the team a veteran discount.
The fan-favorite Bonner averaged only 3.2 PPG in 11.3 minutes over 61 appearances, but did shoot a blistering 42.9 percent from outside the arc. He’s third in franchise history in three-pointers made.
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Tolliver Signing: The Phoenix Suns and forward Anthony Tolliver reached a new deal last week, but the word didn’t come out until yesterday. He’ll be coming back on a two-year contract worth $6 million, but interestingly enough there’s only a $400,000 guarantee in the second year.
Tolliver will be joining his seventh NBA team in Phoenix, and should work as a situational shooter in their offense. He’s coming off a career-high 41 percent shooting from three-point range last year in Charlotte.
Turner Deal: Swingman Evan Turner reached a deal with the Celtics yesterday, reportedly agreeing to what would be a mid-level exception contract with Boston. A former No. 2 draft pick, Turner got traded from Philadelphia to the Pacers at last year’s trade deadline in an effort for Indiana to inject some offensive life into their bench. That situation didn’t quite work out for either party, and he didn’t get much playing time down the stretch.
After Indiana declined to extend his $8.7 million qualifying offer, Turner was a free man on the open market.
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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