NBA News: Player News and Updates for 8/11/14
NBA Player Updates 8/11: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 11, 2014
It was a pretty calm weekend for NBA news, but given the fact that it’s the off-season we shouldn’t find that surprising. Still, there are a few developing storylines and pending moves that we should check up on, so with that let’s take our daily look around the league and see which players and teams are making headlines right now. Here’s the latest.
Ray Allen Latest: We got a bit of an information nugget concerning former Heat sharpshooter Ray Allen yesterday. The big news is that he won’t be retiring this season; He’ll be coming back for at least one more year of NBA action.
That said, no one quite knows for sure where Allen will end up. Many have speculated that the Cavaliers are the lead dogs in the running for the 10-time All-Star, but he’s apparently not sold just yet.
Allen has said that he won’t be announcing his decision on where he’s going until next month, so we’ve got some waiting and speculating left to do. He’ll only come back to play for a title contender, but it’s as-yet unclear who the teams are that he’s considering. Allen posted 9.6 PPG and had a 37.5 percent shooting mark from three-point range, so he’s still got a lot left to contribute.
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Wiggins Trade: Presumably, if all the rumors and speculation hold true, in exactly 12 days we’ll see the biggest trade in recent memory occurring between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, when No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins (and former No. 1 Anthony Bennett) gets swapped for Kevin Love. According to the latest reports, that’s just fine for the 2014 top draft pick.
As a guest instructor at Bill Self’s basketball camp this weekend, Wiggins apparently made some comments to his former coach regarding his basketball future. Wiggins told Self that he wants to be traded from Cleveland to Minnesota, because he’s convinced it will be better for his NBA career in the long-term.
Self said that Wiggins talked to him about how it would be beneficial for a team to have patience with him, rather than walking in with huge expectations on his shoulders. He believes that he’ll be a key piece in the Timberwolves’ rebuilding lineup, rather than an immediately featured player with high expectations right away.
It’ll take a long time to see the complete ramifications of this impending deal, but as of right now it seems that both the Cavaliers and Timberwolves are getting what they want. Cleveland seeks to win now, and Minnesota is trying to garner young pieces and assets to construct their lineup as they see fit.
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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