NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/15/14
NBA Player Updates 7/15: Free Agency Moves, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 15, 2014
We’ve seen a crazy storm of activity on the NBA free agency market over the past few days, and we’re still waiting to see where some of the key players will land. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at the headlines out there and see what’s happening around the league right now.
Detroit Deals: With all the big transactions happening over the weekend, a couple of pretty noteworthy deals went down in the Motor City late in the weekend. Let’s check those out.
The team signed PG D.J. Augustin to a two-year, $6 million deal. He’s coming off yearly averages of 13.1 PPG, 4.4 APG and 1.8 RPG in Chicago last season.
Also, the Pistons inked SF Caron Butler to a two-year deal worth $9 million. He goes back underneath the guidance of Stan Van Gundy, who he was with in Miami for one year. Butler played with both the Thunder and Bucks in 2013-14, averaging 10.5 PPG and 4.1 RPG.
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Bulls Moves: After losing out on the Carmelo Anthony Sweepstakes, the Bulls added a key piece in Pau Gasol. Now it appears they’ve added some complementary pieces alongside him.
Chicago agreed to a three-year deal with Nikola Mirotic, who was their pick back in 2011. He’ll be leaving Real Madrid and heading to the Windy City.
The Bulls will also be adding longtime veteran Kirk Hinrich to the mix once again. He’s reportedly getting $5.6 million on a two-year deal. He’ll likely be slotted in to replace the departed D.J. Augustin.
There are still a few loose ends for Chicago to tie up this off-season. The elephant in the room is Carlos Boozer’s upcoming amnesty, and the deadline to pull the trigger on that is tomorrow. We’ll have to see what happens with that before Chicago can start working out the Gasol money.
Bonner Deal: Here’s another interesting development from yesterday’s transaction list. The Spurs will be bringing back a key role-player in their championship run, as three-point artist Matt Bonner will be coming back to the team on a one-year deal. He’s reportedly taking the veteran’s minimum ($1,448,490) in an effort to help the team raise the trophy again.
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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