NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/5/14
NBA Player Updates 6/5: League News, NBA Finals TV Schedule and More
June 5, 2014
Today’s the day. The NBA Finals will (finally) be getting started this evening as Game 1 tips off in San Antonio. In the meantime, there’s plenty of league news to go over, so let’s take our daily look around the league and check things out. Here’s the latest.
All-NBA First Team Selections: The 2014 All-NBA Team was announced yesterday, and there were very few surprises on the roster. Kevin Durant came in at the top of the voting, garnering a unanimous 125 First-Team picks. He’s coming off a 32.0 PPG average (a career-high), and with his fourth scoring title in hand, he joins just four other players in NBA history who have won at least that many.
Joining Durant on the First Team was LeBron James, of course. James earned 124 of 125 First-Team votes (a stat that’s somewhat surprising that it wasn’t unanimous). He shot a career-high 56.7 percent from the floor this season, and has improved his shooting percentage in seven straight years.
Rounding out the First Team are Chris Paul, James Harden and Joakim Noah. It’s the first time Harden and Noah have been selected for the honor. Noah came in third in the actual voting, with 101 First-Team votes to his credit.
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Chandler Parsons, SF, Houston Rockets: We’ve got a bit of an update on the Rockets’ Chandler Parsons this morning, and it’s a headline that could have a bit of an effect on the free agent market this summer. The Rockets will be declining an option to retain him, which will send Parsons into free agency.
The option was for a one-year situation worth a bit less than $1 million--chump change by NBA standards and a bit difficult to contemplate a reason for rejecting it. There seems to be a good reason for the decision, however, as Parsons will go into restricted free agent status--meaning Houston will be able to match any offer he gets from another suitor. He option would have enabled him to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Parsons is coming off a career year with 16.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 4.0 APG in 74 appearances.
NBA Finals 2014 Schedule: Here’s a closer look at what we can be expecting schedule-wise during these 2014 NBA Finals between the Heat and the Spurs:
Game 1 @ San Antonio: Thursday, June 5; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
Game 2 @San Antonio: Sunday, June 8; 8:00 PM ET: (ABC)
Game 3 @Miami: Tuesday, June 10; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
Game 4 @Miami: Thursday, June 12; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
*Game 5 @San Antonio: Sunday, June 15; 8:00 PM ET: (ABC)
*Game 6 @Miami: Tuesday, June 17; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
*Game 7 @San Antonio: Friday, June 20; 9:00 PM ET: (ABC)
*Games 5-7 if necessary.
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