NBA News: Player News and Updates for 2/15/14
NBA Player Updates 2/15: Trade Rumors, Injury Updates, Post-Break TV Schedule and More
February 15, 2014
Even though the NBA is in downtime mode right now due to the All-Star break, we’re still seeing league news trickle in from all over the place. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the noteworthy happenings out there right now, then take a peek at the upcoming schedule when the league resumes on Tuesday.
Larry Sanders, C, Milwaukee Bucks: We’ve been keeping tabs on Sanders this week, and it appears we’ve got a timeline set up for his return from a fractured orbital bone. The news isn’t necessarily great, as he’s expected to be out for at least six weeks following his surgery to correct the break.
Sanders has been sidelined since getting elbowed in the face exactly one week ago against the Rockets, and this is his second significant injury this year (he was recovering from a torn ligament in his thumb earlier in the season). It’ll likely be April before we see him again, which only leaves a couple weeks left in the season for Milwaukee.
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Beno Udrih, PG, New York Knicks: Here’s an interesting scenario emerging from the NBA rumor mill. Yesterday, a report came out that said the Spurs supposedly had some interest in disgruntled Knicks PG Udrih, and that a deal could take shape before the deadline on Feb. 20.
This is good news for Udrih, as he hasn’t played in nine straight contests and usually doesn’t register much court time when he does make it to the floor. He’s reportedly asked for a trade before, so this should come as a welcome prospect for him. The only odd thing is that the Spurs already have a ton of point guards, so we could see a PG-for-PG deal coming down the pipe.
James Ennis, SG/SF, Miami Heat: Don’t worry if you’ve never heard the name James Ennis--he’s not on the team’s active roster. The Heat do own his rights, however, and he’s been making quite a splash in the Australian League this season. He’s averaging 22.3 PPG, 7.4 RPG and 2.3 APG right now, which puts him in the conversation for the league’s MVP.
As the Heat retool their roster this off-season, we might see Ennis get a call-up to join the team. The contract situations are certainly trending that way, and we doubt the team will want to keep him demoted as long as he’s putting up those big numbers.
Andrea Bargnani, PF, New York Knicks: It’s been a while since we’ve known what was up with Bargnani, but it appears we’ve got an update today. He’s been out of action for 10 games (since Jan. 22) with a torn elbow ligament, but according to a report that emerged yesterday, he could be back with the team a couple of weeks after the All-Star break.
Bargnani’s condition won’t require surgery, but the bigger question is what the Knicks will look like when he comes back. They flopped into the break on a down-note, dropping five of their final six games.
NBA Daily Schedule: We won’t see any more official league action for a few days, but the All-Star festivities should keep us busy until then. Here’s a look at what the schedule looks like when the league picks back up on Tuesday, as well as the start times and TV networks carrying the games.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014:
7:00 PM ET:
Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers (FSI, SportSouth)
Cleveland Cavaliers at Philadelphia 76ers (CSN, FSOhio)
Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards (TSN2, CSN)
7:30 PM ET:
Charlotte Bobcats at Detroit Pistons (SportSouth, FS Detroit)
8:00 PM ET:
New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies (MSG, SportSouth)
Orlando Magic at Milwaukee Bucks (FS Florida, Fox Sports Wisconsin)
8:30 PM ET:
Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks (FSSW, Sun Sports)
9:00 PM ET:
Phoenix Suns at Denver Nuggets (FSAZ, Altitude)
10:30 PM ET:
San Antonio Spurs at Los Angeles Clippers (Sportsnet One, FSSW, PRIME TICKET)
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