NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/4/14
NBA Player Updates 7/4: Signings, Free Agent News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 4, 2014
The free agent market in the NBA has only been open for a few days, but we’ve already seen some pretty earth-shattering signings that will reverberate around the league this year. We’ve still got a few big fish to look forward to as well, so there will be plenty to talk about in the near future. That said, let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening out there.
Gasol’s Market: It’s come as a moderate surprise to most people that free-agent big-man Pau Gasol has been quite the hot commodity on the open market so far this season. There have been at least five teams legitimately interested in his services, including Chicago, Miami, Oklahoma City, the Lakers and the Knicks.
Who’s going to land him, though? Well, the early money is on the Thunder, as they’ve reportedly emerged as the favorites at this point. It’s still anyone’s race at this point, though, and rightly so. Even though he’s been dogged by injuries in recent years, Gasol is still an impact player. At 34 years of age (he sometimes seems older), he’s still got quite a bit of basketball left as well.
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Crawford Trade?: Now let’s head over to L.A. and check in on the Clippers. They’re up against the salary cap right now, but still determined to make a splash in the off-season. One method of getting that done is a potential trade for guard Jamal Crawford.
The team has reportedly been exploring trade scenarios, and a deal could very well be on the horizon. Crawford has expressed his desire to get an extension formalized, and he wouldn’t be opposed to changing addresses in order to get it.
He’s scheduled to make $5.45 million this coming season and $5.68 next season, though not all the money is guaranteed.
Boozer Gets Amnestied: As most people have been thinking for quite some time now, the Bulls will be utilizing the NBA’s amnesty provision on PF Carlos Boozer. What does that mean, exactly? Well, with an amnesty, the Bulls will have to pay him the $16.8 million he’s owed this coming season, but that money won’t factor into the team’s salary cap number.
That means Chicago will be freeing up a substantial chunk of cash to utilize in free agency. Even if they aren’t able to land big fish Carmelo Anthony, they’ve still got plenty of room to improve their roster with this newfound cash. We’ll have to wait and see what they end up doing with it.
Nowitzki Re-Signs: Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki signed back up with the Mavericks yesterday, agreeing to a three-year deal worth around $30 million. There was little doubt he’d end up back in Dallas.
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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