NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/22/15
NBA Player Updates 6/22: The Latest News from Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 22, 2015
We won’t be having NBA basketball for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty of stuff to look forward to this off-season. That said, let’s check out some of the notable headlines from around the league.
Word broke early yesterday that the Heat are going to be offering PG Goran Dragic an $80 million contract over five years.
This will occur after Dragic’s option to become a free agent comes through. Though it’s not necessarily a max deal, it’s quite a significant sum of money for Dragic. The deal will begin to set in motion on July 1.
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The Wizards’ Paul Pierce is going to be back this coming season, he says. The veteran forward said he’s “definitely” going to be back in the NBA.
Pierce is most likely going to be opting out of his current contract with the Wizards so that he can be more choosy about where he spends the season.
Some possibilities on Pierce’s plate include a return to the Wizards, or maybe even a cross-country move to the Clippers and former coach Doc Rivers. Money-wise, the Clips can offer around $3.4 million, while the Wizards can offer over $6 million.
The Lakers’ Ed Davis will be opting out of his player option this week. That deal would have been worth $1.1 million.
Davis is looking for a long-term deal, but says he wants to be back in Los Angeles. He’s coming off an 8.3 PPG and 7.6 RPG average last season, and both of those were the highest of his NBA career thus far.
This weekend, the Trail Blazers’ Steve Blake exercised his own player option and will be playing with the team in 2015-16.
Blake played 81 games for Portland this past year and put up averages of 4.3 PPG and 3.6 APG.
NBA Off-Season Schedule: Now that the season is over, we can spend the rest of our summer prepping for the 2015-16 campaign. Let’s check out a few key dates from the off-season period.
June 25: NBA Draft
July 1: Free Agency Period Begins
July 8: Moratorium Lifts
Early July: NBA Summer League
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