NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/25/14
NBA Player Updates 7/25: New Transactions, Wiggins, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 25, 2014
It’s been a pretty interesting week of NBA off-season happenings, and we’re heading into what’s sure to be an active weekend of speculation, rumor and intrigue. That said, let’s take our daily look at some of the headlines from around the league and see which players everyone is talking about this morning. Here’s the latest.
Hill Deal: We haven’t examined this one fully just yet, so let’s see what’s happening with Jordan Hill and the Lakers.
Word broke Wednesday night that L.A. had inked Hill to a multi-year contract, though the terms of the deal were not immediately released.
Hill came into his own in 2013-14, logging career-highs with 9.7 PPG, 7.4 RPG and 0.9 BPG. He also shot 54.9% from the field in his 32 starts.
Hill was picked eighth overall by the Knicks in the 2009 NBA Draft. He played just 24 games for New York before being dealt to Houston, then was moved to the Lakers in 2012.
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Nelson Deal: We got some indications of this one a couple of days ago, and things became official yesterday. The Mavericks and free agent PG Jameer Nelson have agreed to a two-year deal. The contract will pay $6 million, with around $2.7 million in the first year and roughly $2.8 in the second--which is a player option season.
Nelson is coming off a nice year with the Magic, where he posted totals of 12.1 PPG and 7.0 APG.
Wiggins Signing: Here’s a very interesting (and telling) development out of Cleveland. First, the facts; then, the speculation. The Cavaliers signed No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins to his rookie contract yesterday, a deal that will pay him a starting salary of $5.5 million per year.
Why is that important? Well, according to league rules, the Cavs can’t trade Wiggins for at least 30 days, meaning that the much talked-about deal with Minnesota for Kevin Love isn’t as imminent as we may have thought.
In actuality, signing Wiggins helps Cleveland’s chances of getting Love. Now that the rookie’s salary counts on the cap, trading him would allow for some extra space to be cleared that would help accommodate Love’s price tag.
There are other suitors here, of course, but we’d still put Cleveland in the lead. We’ll keep you posted.
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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