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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/4/14

NBA Player Updates 10/4: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More

October 4, 2014

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Today’s the day. The NBA’s 2014-15 season gets a little closer in the coming hours, as teams around the league will be beginning their preseason campaigns. While we’re waiting, let’s take some time to visit with a few players in the headlines and see who’s making news today.

Now that PG Rajon Rondo will be missing a few weeks at the beginning of the regular season with his broken hand, fans’ thoughts have turned to who will be filling in that void while he’s gone.
The team will be evaluating its options over the next few weeks, but there’s one unexpected name out there that’s already making quite a splash as a potential replacement--Evan Turner.
Although Turner hasn’t played the point since college, the coaching staff has the utmost confidence in his being able to make the transition smoothly. Turner himself has said that he’d like to play all three perimeter roles, which is a good option for the Celtics to have.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/4/14

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The Magic’s Channing Frye got some bad news late this week when he injured himself in practice. It was announced yesterday that he’d sprained his left MCL.
The good news is that Frye suffered no structural damage to his knee ligaments, which will make his recovery go more smoothly. As yet, there’s no concrete timetable for his return, however.
Frye averaged 11.1 PPG and 5.1 RPG last season in Phoenix and was signed this off-season for four years at $32 million.

Here’s an interesting piece of strategy out of Indiana: The Pacers had originally intended to utilize C.J. Miles as a shooting guard, but the coaching staff could end up using him more at the forward position. How that will play into the team’s offensive strategy remains to be seen, but it’s an interesting concept to think about.
Miles posted 9.9 PPG and 2.0 RPG last year in 51 games with the Cavaliers.

Speaking of the Cavaliers--and also speaking of interesting lineup strategies--Cleveland has reportedly been toying with the idea of using Tristan Thompson as their starting center. The move would give the team a quicker, more athletic look and could spell trouble for opposing teams if they gel together well.

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

For the latest article updates, follow Andrew on Twitter @SCPAndrew.

 

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