NBA News: Player News and Updates for 9/2/14
NBA Player Updates 9/2: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 2, 2014
After an off-day yesterday, Team USA will be back out on the court in the World Cup. Additionally, there’s plenty of news going around in this NBA off-season right now, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players and teams are making headlines.
Durant Deal: We haven’t had the chance to touch on this storyline just yet, so let’s visit with the news of Durant’s new deal with Nike, which occurred over the holiday weekend.
Durant inked a fresh contract with Nike worth up to $300 million this weekend, which was a direct response to Under Armor’s offer from a couple of weeks back. That proposed deal was said to be worth $265 and $285 million.
If all goes well, the Nike-Durant partnership will last another 10 years, and with a lineup of basketball royalty featuring the likes of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, it’s looking like business will be good.
This is great news for Oklahoma City fans, as a move to Under Armor was thought to be another reason for Durant to bolt in free agency after 2015-16--possibly to the Wizards, since he’s a local there.
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Terry Deal: Now let’s touch on a deal that began materializing over the weekend. According to sources, the Houston Rockets will be acquiring guard Jason Terry from the Kings in a trade. In exchange, Houston will be sending over a pair of second-round picks, guard Alonzo Gee and another non-guaranteed contract.
Terry began last year in Brooklyn and disappointed with a 4.5 PPG average during his 35 games there. A knee injury kept him sidelined during his time with Sacramento (he went there at the trade deadline).
He does have a pedigree of success, though: Terry was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in both 2009 and 2011.
USA World Cup Schedule: With the World Cup tipping off, it’s time to start checking out the first round of games. Here’s a quick look at the Americans’ schedule for the opening matchups.
August 30: USA-Finland 3:30 PM ET (W 114-55)
August 31: USA-Turkey 3:30 PM ET (W 98-77)
September 2: USA-New Zealand 11:30 AM ET
September 3: USA-Dominican Republic 3:30 PM ET
September 4: USA-Ukraine 11:30 AM ET
NBA Daily Schedule: Let’s start looking forward to the upcoming 2014-15 NBA regular season. Here’s a look at opening night on October 28.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (TNT)
10:30 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers (TNT)
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. Here’s a look at what we’ve got left.
October 4: Pre-season begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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