NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/17/14
NBA Player Updates 7/17: Free Agency Transactions, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 17, 2014
There have been quite a few notable happenings in the NBA over the past couple of days as teams retool and gear up for the 2014-15 campaign. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look at the headlines out there and see what we can determine from the latest news.
Stephenson Deal: Early yesterday, some big news emerged out of Charlotte. Former Pacer Lance Stephenson has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with the newly-renamed Hornets, and the contract will feature a team option for the third year.
The reason for Charlotte’s aggressive pursuit of Stephenson came thanks to a shifting market. Josh McRoberts left town for Miami, and the team was matched on an offer for Gordon Hayward, who was a restricted free agent.
Stephenson should be a good contributor statistically. He’s coming off a 13.8 PPG, 7.2 RPG and 4.6 APG season in 2013-14.
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Around the League: Let’s check out a few other notable signings from yesterday’s transactions, as there were several minor transactions going on.
The Magic added veteran free agent PG Luke Ridnour yesterday. He’s coming off 5.0 PPG and 2.9 APG averages with both Milwaukee and Charlotte last season. He’ll serve as depth and should be a good add for Orlando.
The Wizards kept their off-season free agency spree going by picking up DeJuan Blair. He posted 6.4 PPG and 4.7 RPG in 15.6 minutes with the Mavericks. Dallas will also get the rights to Emir Preldzic in the sign-and-trade deal.
James Jones will be rejoining his old teammate LeBron James in Cleveland. He’s signed on for the veteran minimum. Jones played in just 58 games for Miami over the past two years and served mostly as veteran depth.
Anthony Tolliver will be joining up with the Suns. He inked a two-year deal with Phoenix worth in the neighborhood of $6 million. He’ll likely be seeing an increased role with his new team.
Brandon Rush also signed a two-year deal, but he’ll be going to the Warriors. He played in just 38 games with Utah last season and is coming off a torn ACL in 2012.
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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