NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/27/14
NBA Player Updates 10/27: News From Around the League, Opening Night Schedule and More
October 27, 2014
Say it with us: there’s just one more day left until the official start of the 2014-15 NBA regular season. Tomorrow night, a half-dozen teams will be tipping off, and from there we’re off and running. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at some of the notable names out there and see who’s in the news.
We haven’t checked out this move just yet, so let’s visit with the Sixers’ weekend roster signing. Philly inked free agent forward Malcolm Thomas on Saturday, and he’ll be with the team opening night on Wednesday.
Thomas played in just eight games last year, splitting time between San Antonio and Utah. This summer he was traded from the Jazz to the Cavs, then to the Celtics, who waived him. He’s 25 years old.
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The Lakers have already had their share of difficulties, and the season hasn’t even started yet (see: Steve Nash). One of the big question marks heading into this 2014-15 campaign concerns Kobe Bryant, and his perceived impact on the team going forward.
Kobe is 36 years old and nearing the end of his storied career. He’s had lots of problems with injuries over the past couple of seasons, and opinions vary greatly on what he’ll bring to the table in the near future.
Realistically, there’s no way of knowing how much Bryant still has left in the tank. If (and it’s admittedly a big “if”) he can stay healthy, he could still potentially be an All-Star candidate. He’ll also see an increased role as a veteran presence on a roster filled with young talent--even more so with Nash gone. What that will mean for the Lakers’ record will hinge on the contributions they can get from the rest of the team--most notably Jeremy Lin, who will also carry a heavy load here. We’ll see.
The Thunder had a bad-luck practice session today. Both Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb were injured--Lamb hurt his back and Jackson hurt his ankle.
This is bad news with just a couple of days left until the season starts. At best, it's a severe depth hit at guard for OKC. We’ll keep tabs on both players before Wednesday’s game at Portland.
Is J.J. Barea headed back to Dallas? That’s what it’s looking like, as the Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly on the verge of buying out his contract. If that does indeed happen (and all the reports are saying it’s a virtual certainty) the Mavericks are planning on signing him after he clears the waiver process.
The T-Wolves have until 5 PM ET today to cut Barea, who carries a salary cap number of $4.5 million this season. Dallas will have to shuffle some things around to make room for him, but could do so easily.
If this scenario plays out, Barea would join old teammate Tyson Chandler in a return to the site of the Mavs’ 2011 championship.
NBA Daily Schedule: Here’s a look at the upcoming games in the 2014-15 NBA season, including the start times and TV networks where you can catch each matchup.
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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