NBA News: Player News and Updates for 8/4/14
NBA Player Updates 8/4: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 4, 2014
We’ve seen some interesting happenings around the NBA over weekend, even though we’re smack in the middle of the off-season right now. The news and developments continue to trickle in, though, so that said let’s take our daily look at some of the headlines out there and see which players everyone’s talking about this morning. Here’s the latest.
Pacers Future: Now that the dust has settled a bit surrounding Indiana’s Paul George and his gruesome injury during a USA Basketball scrimmage last week, we can begin to speculate on what his absence will mean for the Pacers during this upcoming NBA season.
By most accounts, George is looking at a 12-to-18 month recovery time from his broken tibia and fibula, between healing and rehab. The bright side (if there is one) with this injury is that he escaped any knee ligament damage, a fact which could end up saving his NBA career.
As for where this leaves the Pacers, things aren’t looking too rosy initially. They’re not a very good offensive team (to put it mildly), and taking George and the now-departed Lance Stephenson out of the mix certainly complicates matters.
Still, Indy will be very good on defense as always, and with a shrewd veteran pickup they could bolster their offense just enough to ride into a playoff spot in the East once again during the 2014-15 season. They’ll still fight it out--we doubt the Pacers would be the type to blow the team up and just start rebuilding now. With the East wide open, they might be able to do some damage if the remaining players can rally and gel as a team. It will be interesting to watch, that’s for sure.
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Wade Update: By now, we’ve got a pretty clear picture on what the landscape is going to look like in Miami this season, and any way you slice it, Dwyane Wade is going to bear a heavy burden for the defending Eastern Conference champions.
Now that LeBron James has taken his talents back to Ohio, Wade will once again have to serve as the face of the franchise. His number one priority needs to be his health, and it appears that he’s already taking that into consideration.
Wade has reportedly been dieting this off-season in an effort to come into the 2014-15 campaign as lean as possible. Still, it’s unclear how much of a difference a few pounds will make on his beat-up knees.
Wade played just 54 games during the 2013-14 campaign, and looked like he was running out of juice as the playoffs wore on. He played well when he was out there, though, so his effectiveness will rely almost exclusively on how well his body will respond throughout this season. Look for Wade to be taking plenty of time off once again this season as the Heat try to keep him as fresh as possible for the meaningful games down the stretch and in the playoffs.
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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