NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/29/14
NBA Player Updates 7/29: Team USA, Griffin, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 29, 2014
The NBA is fully engaged in off-season mode right now, which leaves us fans to speculate and look closely at the upcoming campaign for teams across the league. With that said, let’s take our daily look at what’s happening out there right now and see if we can come up with some projections for the upcoming year.
Team USA Updates: We’ve got a couple of nuggets from the Team USA activities for you this morning, so let’s check out what’s happening there.
First off, Bulls forward Jimmy Butler will be sidelined during the team’s training camp in Las Vegas due to a strained groin. We doubt he’ll be seeing the floor during the FIBA World Cup, as the Bulls will want to play it safe as he recovers. He’s coming off a 13.1 PPG and 4.9 RPG average in Chicago last year.
Then there’s Butler’s teammate Derrick Rose. According to Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, Rose will have no limitations on him as he proceeds through training camp. Rose will likely be rusty; He played only 10 games last season before he went down with a knee injury again.
With the sessions already underway (camp began yesterday), we should be getting lots more updates on the team before the official play gets going next month.
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Griffin’s Health: Yesterday, we got a very interesting piece of news on Clippers forward Blake Griffin. Here’s what’s happened so far.
Last week, Griffin withdrew from Team USA activities, saying he wanted to focus on the Clippers’ upcoming campaign. According to yesterday’s reports, however, the reason for his departure is due to a fracture in his back.
Griffin was reportedly advised by his doctors that he needed to give the small fracture some more time to heal up before the 2014-15 NBA season. The good news here is that he’s expected to be back to 100 percent by the time the year begins. He apparently suffered the injury during last year’s playoffs.
With both Griffin and Kevin Love out of the Team USA lineup, they’re pretty thin when it comes to big bodies. That will likely leave them scrambling to come up with another strategy to utilize in the upcoming games.
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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