NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/26/14
NBA Player Updates 7/26: Free Agent Moves, Lakers, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 26, 2014
This week, we’ve learned quite a few things about the upcoming NBA season. We’ll get some more insight as the transactions and rumors continue to trickle in, so with that said let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the current happenings out there. Here’s the latest.
Scott Hire: The big news from the league yesterday was the Lakers’ offering of their head coaching position to Byron Scott. The two sides are reportedly in negotiations and a formal announcement will come once a deal is reached.
Scott most recently coached the Cavs to a 24-58 record a couple of seasons back and will guide the Lakers into the next phase of their franchise.
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Casspi Deal: Nothing official on this yet, but it’s believed that recently-released forward Omri Casspi will be inking a one-year deal with the Kings. He’ll get the league minimum salary. Casspi posted 6.9 PPG and 3.7 APG last year in Houston.
Mack Deal: The Atlanta Hawks were active on the market yesterday, re-signing guard Shelvin Mack to a three-year deal. The contract is worth $7.3 million.
Mack is coming off a pretty good season, but he wasn’t on the court enough to make a huge impact. Expect his role to expand a little this year.
Around the League: Let’s check in on a few situations happening across the league late this week that will have some minor implications on the season to come.
On Thursday, the Mavericks voided the contract of forward Rashard Lewis, after he failed a physical. There’s an issue of some kind with his right knee, and he’ll need surgery to correct it. There’s no timeline as yet for his recovery. He was going to ink a one-year deal with Dallas.
Milwaukee grabbed guard Kendall Marshall off waivers, following a release by the Lakers. Marshall averaged 8.0 PPG and 8.8 APG in his 54 games. He’ll probably get the nod as a starter for the Bucks.
Aaron Brooks was signed by the Bulls earlier this week, earning a one-year deal that will pay him slightly north of $915,000. He averaged 9.0 PPG and 3.2 APG with Houston and Denver 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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