NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/16/14
NBA Player Updates 6/16: Spurs Win the Title, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 16, 2014
It’s a bittersweet feeling this morning, as the NBA’s 2013-14 season is officially all finished up. Still, we’ve got a busy off-season to look forward to before the upcoming campaign, and that will keep things active around the league for these summer months. That said, let’s take our daily dose of NBA news and see what’s happening out there.
Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Antonio Spurs: Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs, who utterly dismantled the two-time defending champion Heat in five games to claim their fifth NBA Championship. The deciding game went like the Spurs’ other victories, with crisp team ball and suffocating defense leading the way to a 104-87 win.
Leonard would emerge as the Finals MVP, posting 22 points and 10 rebounds in this decisive game. He proved invaluable to San Antonio throughout the course of the Finals and offers an encouraging glimpse toward their future as the team’s stars continue to age.
On the other side, LeBron James and company started things out very well, opening up a 22-6 lead in the first quarter. They stalled heading into halftime, though, and were outscored 11-25 in the second. Ray Allen got the start, but finished just 1-for-8 from the floor.
San Antonio wraps up a dominating playoff run with a dominating Finals. Over the course of the postseason, they outscored their opponents by 214 points, which is a new record.
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Around the League: There were a few interesting nuggets happening around the NBA this weekend, so let’s check out a few of them and see what we can be expecting this off-season.
According to sources close to the team, the Sixers’ Jason Richardson will be opting into the final year on his contract this season. He was out in 2013 thanks to a knee injury and will make $6.6 million this upcoming year.
New Orleans’ Eric Gordon will be getting back to basketball activities this month after an arthroscopic procedure in April. Gordon says he’ll be focusing more on maintaining his health this year so that he can go into next off-season without any rehab on the schedule.
The Blazers’ Nicolas Batum may have some new tricks for us in 2014-15. He’s reportedly been hard at work on refining his post game, so we should see the team going through him a little more often down there. Batum averaged 13 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 2013-14.
NBA 2014 Off-Season Schedule: It’ll be a long off-season, but we’ll have plenty of happenings (and rumors) around the league to keep us busy. The major events this summer will be the NBA Draft and the free agency period, so let’s check out the dates on those and a few others. We'll keep this updated as new information emerges.
June 26: NBA Draft
July 1: Teams can officially begin negotiating with free agents
July 10: Players can begin signing contracts
October 4: Pre-season begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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