NBA News: Player News and Updates for 9/20/14
NBA Player Updates 9/20: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 20, 2014
We’ve had quite a bit of NBA news coming out of the league this week, which is a good sign for us as we head toward the new season. There’s plenty to go over this morning, so with that in mind let’s take a look at some of the notable happenings around the NBA right now.
Rubio Latest: If you were holding your breath waiting on a Ricky Rubio extension this off-season, you’ve long since passed out by now. The clock continues to tick toward that doomsday scenario of October 31, which is the final day that Rubio and the team can agree to an extension before he’ll be marked for restricted free agency next summer.
Late this week, T-Wolves GM Milt Newton expressed optimism that the team and Rubio would get something worked out. He also stressed that they’d be staying patient as the process comes to fruition.
This will no doubt frustrate Minnesota fans, but the team doesn’t seem to want to extend a five-year max offer to Rubio right now. That would leave a window open for him to escape if another team is willing to take that sort of financial bite.
There’s risk on both sides to the RFA process, and there’s no telling what will happen if Rubio does make it to next summer with no deal. We’d imagine the Bucks will offer him something in the three-year range, but whether Rubio will take it or not is another story.
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Kings Deals: Now let’s take a look at a few deals from late this week. The Kings announced the signings of both Omri Casspi (forward) and Ryan Hollins (center), but didn’t disclose any terms.
Casspi has a 7.7 PPG and 3.8 RPG average in his career and was most recently with the Rockets. Hollins carries averages of 3.8 PPG and 2.2 RPG over eight NBA seasons.
Bulls Deal: The Bulls added another player late this week as well. They signed former Magic guard E’Twaun Moore, but didn’t disclose terms. Moore averaged 6.4 PPG and 1.7 RPG last year.
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: Preseason begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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