NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/27/14
NBA Player Updates 7/27: Love Latest, Lakers, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 27, 2014
After opening up pretty lightly on new developments, the later part of last week’s NBA news featured some pretty significant developments. No one knows just yet what we’ll get this week, but let’s keep the speculation going by checking out the latest headlines out there right now.
Love and Team USA: There’s no real surprise here, as this moves makes sense, but we’ll go ahead and go through it anyway since it made headlines. Yesterday, USA Basketball announced that the Timberwolves’ Kevin Love wouldn’t be taking the floor for the team this summer. They didn’t really elaborate much further than that, but it’s not too hard to put two and two together.
It’s pretty reasonable to assume that Love simply doesn’t want to risk getting injured playing for Team USA. It’s also reasonable to assume that he expects to be traded in the very near future as well, which lends further fuel to the fire of a pending deal between Minnesota and Cleveland--or possibly another suitor.
That said, Team USA now has 18 players in camp, which will begin tomorrow. Assuming the team gets to the gold-medal game against host country Spain, there are now some real matchup problems against their big men (Marc and Pau Gasol, Serge Ibaka, etc.). We’ll have to see how things work out once play begins.
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Lakers Outlook: Now that we’ve got some fresh information on what the Lakers will look like this season, we can start to speculate on what they’ll be doing in the coming campaign. First, let’s start things out with their brand new head coach Byron Scott (who has been negotiating his contract this weekend and came up with a four-year $17 million deal yesterday, according to reports).
Scott brings with him a checkered history with the Nets, Hornets and Cavaliers. He’s been to the NBA Finals two times, but he’s also presided over a Cleveland team that was ranked in the bottom five in defensive efficiency in each of his three seasons there. Some of that, granted, lies with a young an inexperienced roster, but it does tell a tale.
The Lakers are pretty used to being futile on defense, though, so it won’t be much of a shock if that trend continues with Scott at the helm. The team was ranked 28th in the league under Mike D’Antoni last season, once again mostly due to a roster that wasn’t defense-friendly.
Most pundits are expecting a repeat of last season, on that side of the ball anyway. The roster doesn’t look all that different, and the Jeremy Lin/Carlos Boozer additions won’t help matters there. Still, if this L.A. team can gel a little, their considerable talent may cause them to surprise a lot of people.
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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