NBA News: Player News and Updates for 8/8/14
NBA Player Updates 8/8: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 8, 2014
We’ve got a lot to go over in the NBA this morning, as there have been some significant off-season developments happening over the past couple of days that will shape the course of the 2013-14 season that’s to come. Let’s take a look at the headlines in our daily roundup and see what’s happening out there.
Kevin Love Deal: We’ll start out with the elephant in the room, which is the big story from yesterday’s NBA headlines. The Cavaliers and Timberwolves have (finally) ironed out a deal that will send Kevin Love to Cleveland.
Although the teams can’t officially finalize anything until August 23, which is the date that league rules allow Andrew Wiggins to be traded, we have the framework in hand. Both Wiggins and Anthony Bennett (who are the last two years’ No. 1 overall draft picks), will go to Minnesota along with a first-round pick in 2015.
Adding to the joy for Cavaliers fans, Love has also reportedly made a commitment to the team that he’ll be opting out of his current deal during the 2015 off-season and re-sign on a five-year, $120 million max deal in Cleveland.
Talk about a blockbuster trade. With this deal completed, both teams will be improving significantly. The T-Wolves can look toward the future with young talent, picks and cap flexibility, while the Cavaliers keep adding monster pieces that make them the clear-cut favorite to win the Eastern Conference with relative ease. It should be an interesting season.
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Knicks-Kings Deal: We didn’t talk about this one yesterday, so let’s visit with the minor deal that went down between the Knicks and Kings this week.
Here’s how the trade works out: The Knicks got both Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw; Sacramento got Jeremy Tyler and Wayne Ellington. This will add some SF depth behind Carmelo Anthony and reduce some of the Knicks’ surplus of guards.
Hardaway Joins Pistons: Yesterday, we got an official word on a few new arrivals in the Pistons organization. Most notably, 13-year NBA veteran Tim Hardaway will be joining the team as an assistant coach. Malik Allen will be joining him in that position. Jeff Nix will be the new assistant GM and Quentin Richardson will take over as director of player development. The terms of their contracts were not released, as is policy in Detroit.
Hardaway averaged 17.7 PPG, 8.2 APG and 3.3 RPG during his NBA tenure. He played 867 games with the Warriors, Heat, Mavericks, Nuggets and Pacers. This will be his first season as an assistant coach.
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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