NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/5/14
NBA Player Updates 7/5: LeBron, Carmelo, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 5, 2014
It’s been a very interesting first week of free agency in the NBA. We’ve seen some pretty unexpected signings already, and there are surely more to come as the big fish on the market work to find their homes. That said, let’s take our daily look at the headlines out there and see how things are developing.
Carmelo Anthony Latest: It’s been a few days since we’ve examined the impending scenarios surrounding Carmelo Anthony, so let’s check in on that situation and see what is and could be developing. Anthony met with the Lakers on Thursday for what was reported to be a 2 ½-to-3 hour sit-down. When that meeting adjourned, he walked away from the table with a max contract offer from L.A.
Once the Lakers were finished with him, representatives from the Knicks came to Los Angeles to visit him, and they too gave Anthony a max contract offer.
Adding some intrigue to all of this are the reports that Carmelo has at least been attempting to get in touch with former Laker and fellow free agent Pau Gasol. He was supposedly testing the waters there to find out what Gasol’s chances of joining the Knicks were.
Here are the monetary facts: The Knicks can offer Anthony more money than any other team: a max contract of five years and $129 million dollars. The Lakers--and any other team who wants to sign him--can only offer a max of four years at $95 million. For the record, Anthony has maintained that the money isn’t as important as winning, which is something he’s been pretty far away from doing in New York recently. Still, the fact that he’s (reportedly) reaching out to Gasol about a possible union in the Big Apple bodes well for the Knicks.
Carmelo certainly has some things to think about, and some sources close to the situation are expecting a deal by this weekend. Stay tuned on this one.
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LeBron James Latest: Meanwhile, there are some interesting things going on with the other Big Fish in the free agent pond. James’ representatives reportedly met with at least four teams (besides Miami) this week, apparently in an effort to determine finalists for sit-down meetings with LeBron himself.
The move was also reportedly designed to put pressure on Pat Riley and the Heat organization, who are trying to assemble a strong supporting cast for James and the other members of the Big Three on a very tight budget.
There are also conflicting reports of a disconnect between James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Bosh and Wade are supposedly reluctant to take massive pay cuts so James can get the max contract he desires, so there could be an impasse there. It’s also possible that this is all an elaborate bargaining tactic by the three of them--we’ll just have to wait and see.
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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