NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/28/14
NBA Player Updates 7/28: Carmelo, LeBron, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 28, 2014
The NBA was pretty slow over the past couple of days, which led us fans to make up our own speculation and opinions on what’s in store for the league this season. We’ve still got some interesting storylines out there to look forward to, so with that said let’s take our daily look at some of the headlines around the league.
Knicks Outlook: It’s been a long and interesting off-season already for the New York Knicks, which brings about plenty of questions as far as what they’ll look like this season.
The biggest development--besides the hiring of new president Phil Jackson--was superstar forward Carmelo Anthony’s (somewhat unexpected) decision to re-sign with the team. He got a max deal of five years and $124 million for his return, which will be a downright bargain if he can help the team bring a championship to the Big Apple.
Anthony recently said that his decision to come back to New York was based mostly on Jackson’s firmly-held belief that the Knicks are reasonably close to that long-elusive NBA title, and that optimism helped keep Anthony out of East rival Chicago.
Whether or not Jackson and Anthony’s goal will be achieved remains to be seen, but the Knicks will still have to wait another year to make any significant roster moves--they’re saddled with a couple of bloated contracts through this season. Still, if the team can gel quickly under new head coach Derek Fisher, they might be able to do some damage in the wide-open Eastern Conference. That will give them some confidence heading forward through Anthony’s prime years.
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LeBron Goes With 23: Here’s an interesting little nugget from yesterday’s NBA headlines. LeBron James will be wearing the number 23 once again in his return to Cleveland, which should make all those Cavs fans who didn’t burn their original jerseys immediately following “The Decision” happy.
James switched to No. 6 during his time with the Miami Heat (and on the Olympic team), and there was some speculation as to whether he’d stick with that digit in his return to his home state.
This “decision” ties a little bow on a minor off-season issue, but there are at least a couple of glaring storylines involving the Cavaliers as they head into the 2014-15 campaign (the Kevin Love saga being the most prominent). 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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