NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/30/14
NBA Player Updates 7/30: News from Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 30, 2014
The NBA news has been pretty slow this week, but there’s still plenty going on as we get set for the upcoming 2014-15 year. With that said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players and teams are making headlines out there right now. Here’s the latest.
Williams Deal: We didn’t get a chance to visit this one yesterday, so let’s check in on it quickly before we move on. Free agent guard Mo Williams agreed to terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, and he’ll be inked for one year at $3.75 million.
Williams is coming off a successful season as the Trail Blazers’ sixth man, posting averages of 9.7 PPG and 4.3 APG.
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Ginobili Will Sit: There’s no real surprise here, but yesterday it became official so we’ll pass the word along. Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili will be missing the FIBA Basketball World Cup in August, which is what most people expected would happen.
The reason he’s sitting out is due to a leg injury. Specifically, it’s a stress fracture in his lower-right fibula. Technically speaking, it was the Spurs who made the decision to keep him out of action, as they’re worried about him remaining healthy for the season.
Ginobili averaged 12.3 PPG and 4.3 APG during the 2013-14 season.
Serge Ibaka Update: Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka gave us an update on his health earlier this week, and he’s not back to normal just yet.
He did report that he’s “getting better” following his ruptured calf in last year’s playoffs, but isn’t 100 percent as of yet. Ibaka will be playing in the FIBA World Cup next month, so we’d imagine we’ll see him pretty close to the player we all know by then.
He’s coming off a 15.1 PPG average and 8.8 RPG average in 81 outings last season.
Gasol Update: Here’s an interesting item out of Chicago. The Bulls reportedly have not made new arrival Pau Gasol any guarantees about starting, and they’re making it sound like there’s a possibility he rides the bench within the crowded roster of forwards the team already have. We doubt that will happen, but hey.
The Bulls will likely end up revamping their lineup around Gasol as they fit him in with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Any way you look at it, though, that’s a fierce frontcourt.
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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