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NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/16/14

NBA Player Updates 10/16: News From Around the League

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All week long, the NBA news has been trickling in at a pretty steady pace. We’re sure to see plenty more tidbits and headlines during the latter part of this week, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there right now.

The Sixers’ Hollis Thompson managed to get back to practice yesterday. He’d been held out the previous week due to a corneal abrasion.

NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/16/14

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DeMarcus Cousins was unable to take the floor last night in Beijing for the Kings’ preseason game against the Nets. He was dealing with soreness in his Achilles.
Cousins is coming off a 22.7 PPG and 11.7 RPG average.

Roles are shifting down in Miami due to the departure of LeBron James, but you can expect to see pretty much the same thing as usual from PF Chris Andersen. Heat coach Erik Spolestra said he doesn’t expect Andersen to be on the court for more than 25 minutes per game, which is right in line with what he was doing last year.
That said, we should see Andersen out on the court for a little longer than his 2013-14 average of 16 minutes per game this season, at least in the early going.

Good news for the T-Wolves’ Kevin Martin. The team is expecting him to be able to play during tomorrow’s preseason game, assuming all goes well.
Martin was present for practice yesterday, which is a good sign he’s just about ready to come back from his groin injury.

Speaking of groin injuries, Bucks PG Brandon Knight missed out on practice yesterday due to a strain in that area. He’s been ou of action since Saturday.

Here’s a juicy tidbit. According to Bucks coach Jason Kidd, Milwaukee made an offer this off-season to veteran guard Ray Allen, but the team was turned away.
Kidd said that he wanted Allen’s experience and leadership on the roster, but Allen didn’t have any interest.
We’ve yet to see what’s going to happen here. There have been all sorts of rumors about Allen’s immediate future, with most of them centered on him joining ex-Heat teammate LeBron James in Cleveland.

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’s been long off-season, but we’ve had 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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