NBA News: Player News and Updates for 8/6/14
NBA Player Updates 8/6: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 6, 2014
We’re in the middle of a pretty slow period of NBA activity right now--even for the off-season--so there’s a significant lack of big-time stories out there. Still, we’ve got a few developing situations that we can keep tabs on, so with that said let’s take our daily look around the league and see what everyone’s talking about.
Suns News: Let’s venture down to Phoenix and check out some of the happenings surrounding the Suns.
Yesterday, we got word that forward P.J. Tucker was sentenced to three days in jail (along with another 11 days of home detention) after pleading down his “super extreme” DUI charge. Tucker had a blood alcohol level of .22 upon his arrest in May.
Phoenix gave Tucker a three-year, $16.5 million deal last month, and were aware of the circumstances when they signed him.
Also this week, we got some insight as to the Suns’ negotiations with free agent guard Eric Bledsoe. The team reportedly gave him a four-year, $48 million offer last month, but Bledsoe wanted a max deal--which would have been five years at $80 million. Team owner Robert Sarver called the Suns’ offer “fair,” but there’s been some speculation that Bledsoe and the team won’t be able to work out their differences.
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Lopez Status: We also got some information on the status of Nets center Brook Lopez earlier this week. He played in just 17 games before he went down due to a foot injury that derailed his entire season.
That said, Lopez has reportedly been cleared to participate fully in training camp, so he should be good to go for the season.
Lopez went down on December 20 of last year against Philadelphia, then underwent surgery to fix a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot a couple of weeks later. He also had surgery to fix a torn tendon and tighten ligaments in his left ankle earlier this year.
Hammon Hire: The Spurs made headlines (and a little bit of history) yesterday with the hiring of Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. She’ll be retiring from the WNBA after this year (her 16th season) to take the job. She ranks seventh in league history in points, fourth in assists and sixth in games. She’s been with the San Antonio Stars for the last eight seasons.
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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