NBA News: Player News and Updates for 8/3/14
NBA Player Updates 8/3: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 3, 2014
We’ve seen some very important happenings around the NBA over the past few days, and those developments will play a heavy part in the upcoming 2014-15 season. We’ve still got quite a while before we see our favorite teams back on the court, but in the meantime there’s plenty to keep us occupied. Let’s start things out by taking our daily look at the headlines from around the league.
Parker Deal: We haven’t been able to go over Tony Parker’s contract extension from late last week just yet, so let’s take a moment to visit that situation and see what it’s going to mean in the near and not-so-near futures.
Parker inked a multi-year extension with the Spurs on Friday, and though the terms weren’t disclosed, most sources are putting the value at $43.3 million for three years. The new contract will kick in for the 2015-16 season.
This is another good move for the Spurs, as it will lock up their “Big Three” until Manu Ginobili or Tim Duncan decide to retire. Parker has been in San Antonio for 13 seasons, winning four championships in that time. He’s 32 years old now and coming off another nice season where he averaged 16.7 PPG and 5.7 APG.
Duncan (who is almost 39) and Ginobili (who is 38) will be coming into this season healthy, and with Parker locked up the odds look good for the Spurs to continue their dominance in a very difficult Western Conference.
USA TODAY Sports
George Update: Yesterday we got some fresh info on Pacers star Paul George’s injury, so let’s visit with him and try to speculate on the situation.
George underwent surgery to repair an open tibia-fibula fracture after injuring his leg during a scrimmage game on Friday. Late in the game, he smashed his leg against the backboard stanchion in a gruesome display that immediately worried the entire basketball world.
It’s still a little to early to speculate on when George might possibly be able to make a return, but suffice to say it’ll be a long road of rehab before he’s out on the court again. The typical healing process for this type of injury will take around 4-6 months, then he’ll have some rehab work to do before he can get back to his normal self. George is young and healthy, so his risks associated with the healing should be minimal.
We’ll keep you posted throughout the process.
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
For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.