NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/7/14
NBA Player Updates 7/7: Free Agent News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 7, 2014
Even though most people were taking it easy over the holiday weekend, the NBA off-season news continued to hum along. We’ve got plenty of new developments and speculation to go over this morning, so let’s check out some of the recent news items and see what we can make of them.
Carmelo Anthony Latest: With the new reports coming out this weekend, the rumor mill is working overtime when it comes to Carmelo Anthony. The Lakers reportedly made a very strong pitch to the ex-Knick on Saturday, and hoisted themselves into a three-team race for his services alongside the Bulls and Knicks.
Los Angeles has the advantage over Chicago when it comes to cap space, as they’ve got enough room to offer Anthony a max four-year deal ($95 million). The Knicks can also offer him a max deal, but can also tack on another year to the contract ($129 million). The Bulls, meanwhile, simply don’t have the room to accommodate a max contract, but are in a good position talent-wise, as Anthony alongside Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose looks pretty impressive on paper.
There are plenty of nuances and rumors floating around concerning Anthony’s decision, but realistically it’s anyone’s guess where he’s going.
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Deng and the Heat: Another storyline that emerged over the weekend and has some potentially far-reaching implications is the report that Heat president Pat Riley met with former Bull and Cavalier Luol Deng, who is one of the top free-agent targets on the market.
Riley is tasked with the unenviable job of getting some extra help for the Big Three--who have all opted out of their deals, presumably to allow the team to rework their financials. There’s not much wiggle room underneath the cap, however, and Miami will have to get creative in recruiting.
They’ve got some competition when it comes to Deng’s services, though. The Mavericks, Hawks, Bulls and Lakers have all been reported to be seriously interested. If Deng ends up going to the Heat, however, he won’t have to take much of a pay cut. Miami could likely work him in a little bit below his perceived market value of $10 million annually. It’s a very intriguing prospect, and deserves watching over the next few days.
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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