NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/23/14
NBA Player Updates 6/23: Carmelo to Opt Out, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 23, 2014
The 2014 NBA Draft is fast approaching this week, and there’s not much time left for teams to swing potential pre-draft deals. That leaves us a little room for speculation, so let’s check in with some of the storylines from around the league and see what everyone’s talking about right now.
Carmelo Anthony Latest: It’s decision day for the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, and his official word on what he’s going to do with his contract will reverberate around the NBA. The latest reports say he will indeed opt out, but Anthony has a few options at his disposal. He could stay in New York for one more year and see how things play out under new president Phil Jackson and new head coach Derek Fisher; He could opt out and re-sign with the Knicks, potentially making a max of $129 million over four years, or he could opt out now and go elsewhere for up to $95 million over four years.
There’s been a lot of speculation recently that Anthony could potentially opt out and go join the Big Three in Miami, effectively making them a Big Four. If he did so, he could only make around $58 million or so over a four-season stretch, which is a paltry sum in comparison to what he could get elsewhere. Still, the dream endures for Heat fans, as Anthony has often spoken of his desire for championships over money. Miami would certainly be the place to do just that, so we wouldn’t write off that scenario just yet.
Other potential destinations for Carmelo include the Rockets and the Bulls, both of whom are rumored to have piqued his interest. Each team has already begun moving things around in order to fit him under the salary cap.
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Rudy Gay, SF, Sacramento Kings: On the other side of the contract coin, we have Sacramento’s Rudy Gay. He’s reportedly agreeing to opt in to his contract this upcoming season and will be in a Kings uniform for at least one more campaign.
Gay technically has until June 30 to make a decision, but it looks like he’s not waiting that long. He’ll be making $19.3 million in this final year of his contract.
Gay’s decision to stick around really helps out the Kings in this Thursday’s draft. It means that they’ve got the SF position nailed down (for now) and won’t have to mull trade options to fill that void. They pick at No. 8 overall and will be looking for perimeter shooting, passing and stout defense.
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.
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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