NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/25/14
NBA Player Updates 10/25: News From Around the League, Opening Night Schedule and More
October 25, 2014
We’ve officially reached the final weekend in the NBA off-season; this time next week we’ll be knee-deep in meaningful games. That said, we’ve still got three more days to wait until things start counting, so let’s occupy some more time by taking our daily look around the league to see who’s in the news.
Here’s an interesting tidbit that came out yesterday. The Knicks’ Jason Smith has earned the starting job at power forward to begin the season, according to media sources covering the team. He’s leapfrogged both Quincy Acy and Amar’e Stoudemire for the starting nod.
Smith has played well in the preseason, especially considering he’s coming off knee surgery. He was inked for $3.2 million this off-season.
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Boston PG Rajon Rondo continues to improve in his recovery from a fractured left metacarpal. Lately, he’s been gradually increasing his contact reps during practices, leading up to what hopefully will be a game clearance early next week.
Rondo could still conceivably make the starting lineup for the team’s opener, but it all depends on what the doctors say. He’s been wearing protective gear on his hand in practice.
It’s looking like the Sixers will be keeping vet Jason Richardson on the roster for the 2014-15 season, even though he hasn’t played since January of last year.
The team really likes Richardson’s locker room presence, and even if he doesn’t get to see the floor they’re banking on him being a strong presence for the young guys on the squad. Richardson carries a $6.6 million contract this year.
The Nets will be keeping both Mason Plumlee and Sergey Karasev on their roster this season after exercising third-year options on both guys yesterday. Each has a team option in 2016-17.
Plumlee played 70 games last year, averaging 7.4 PPG and 4.4 RPG. Karasev played in just 22 matchups for the Cavs before being traded a couple months back.
Bad news for the Magic’s Victor Oladipo. He sustained a facial fracture during practice on Thursday (elbow to the face) and is out indefinitely. It looks like he’ll be out of commission for the early part of the season at least.
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)
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