NBA News: Player News and Updates for 6/27/14
NBA Player Updates 6/27: Top 5 Draft Picks, Heat, Off-Season Schedule and More
June 27, 2014
Now that the draft is all finished up, it’s time to start looking forward to that next big event on the NBA’s off-season calendar, which is the free agent period. We’ve technically got a few days to wait before that gets going, though, so in the meantime let’s check out some of the notable happenings out there and see what everyone’s up to.
Draft Top 5 Wrap-Up: The No. 1 pick in last night’s draft wasn’t a big surprise. The Cleveland Cavaliers took Andrew Wiggins first overall, providing some hope to a Cavs team desperately trying to retool toward the future.
The Bucks didn’t deviate much either, tagging Duke’s Jabari Parker with the second overall pick.
The relative shocker of the early picks came at No. 3, when the 76ers picked up injured lightning rod Joel Embiid, who was ranked as low as No. 6 on many mock draft boards, thanks to his recent foot injury (not to mention his back issues). That said, since Philly had a couple of picks in the top 10, it didn’t really sting much to try and roll the dice on Embiid.
Aaron Gordon came out fourth to the Magic, and Dante Exum will go from down under to the Utah Jazz.
Overall, there weren’t too many surprises in the top selections, but we’ll just have to wait and see how things work out for the notable picks. This coming month’s free agency period will have a heavy bearing on most teams’ successes, so they’ll have to stay focused and make some additional moves over the next couple of weeks.
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Big Three Meet-Up: Yesterday, the NBA world was abuzz with the news that the Heat’s LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had all met for dinner Wednesday evening to discuss their potential basketball futures. Since we don’t know what was actually discussed, all we can do at this point is speculate on the Big Three’s upcoming decisions.
With James opting out of his contract this week, we’re expecting Wade and Bosh to do so as well. The three moves would allow the Heat to restructure contracts and wrangle some more room underneath the cap. That extra flexibility would give them a lot of options as far as adding additional pieces for another championship run.
That said, there’s still the Carmelo Anthony wild card. No one knows what he’ll do just yet, but there’s plenty of speculation that he could potentially join the other three in Miami to create a Big Four. Whether or not that’s feasible or realistic remains to be seen, but it’s certainly fun to talk about.
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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