NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/12/14
NBA Player Updates 7/12: LeBron's Move, Bosh, Lakers News, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 12, 2014
We’ve seen some very big announcements this week in the NBA, and we should see the proverbial floodgates opening over the next couple of days. It’s a very interesting time in the free agent market, so with that said let’s take our daily look at the news items out there and see who’s in the headlines.
LeBron Goes Home: Obviously, we can’t lead off today’s NBA news installment with anything but the LeBron James situation. Early yesterday afternoon, word broke that LBJ would be heading back to his home state of Ohio and his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The decision was made with a lot less fanfare, but that didn’t stop the entire free agency market from sticking in a holding pattern until the James news broke. For Cleveland, it’s a new day, and it looks like LeBron is sincere about returning to his home and bringing a championship to Northeast Ohio. All of the hurt feelings from James’ move to Miami seem to have faded now with this gesture, and we’re betting a lot of fans are wishing they could un-burn their Cavaliers jerseys from four years ago.
The ripple effects from this move will be widespread. James was the first and most important domino to fall in the free agency market, and now we’ll see the proverbial floodgates open as teams scramble to piece together the rest of their rosters.
Still, in the big picture, just about everyone outside of Miami has to be feeling good for Cleveland. James should be reaching some stellar statistical heights with them next year (and the years to come). He’s currently 27th on the all-time NBA scoring list (23,170) and some suggest he could break into the 20s this year. James is just reaching his prime, and it’s a bright day in Cleveland.
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Bosh Deal: Speaking of the dominoes falling, we don’t have to look too far to see another big one in Miami. Bosh and the Heat agreed to a five-year, $118 million deal yesterday, which should bolster a now-shaky defending Eastern Conference champs lineup.
Now that LeBron is gone, Bosh will have a bigger role in the Heat’s overall plans, and should see his scoring averages rise. He posted 16.2 PPG and 6.6 RPG in 2013-14 and didn’t have as big of an impact on the stat sheet as he usually does.
Lakers News: Two big news items broke for the Lakers yesterday. Nick Young agreed to a $21.5 million deal over four years, which is a great signing for L.A. The youngster had a nice 17.9 PPG season last year.
Also, the team will reportedly be receiving Jeremy Lin from the Rockets in a trade this weekend. That’s another nice piece for them, as he’ll more than likely get the starting nod. More on that as it develops.
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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