NBA News: Player News and Updates for 8/14/14
NBA Player Updates 8/14: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 14, 2014
With yesterday’s schedule release, it really feels like the 2014-15 NBA campaign is officially on its way. We’ve got a few developing situations and storylines out there right now, so let’s take our daily look around the league and see what’s happening with our favorite teams and players. Here’s the latest.
Clippers Sale: We haven’t touched on this one just yet, so let’s take a moment to check out the ramifications of the Clippers’ sale on Tuesday.
The team went for a record $2 billion after a tense legal battle in which former owner Donald Sterling’s wife Shelly was granted authority to sell the team by a California court. The new owner is Steve Ballmer, who is a former CEO for Microsoft.
Sterling bought the Clippers way back in 1981 for just $12 million (which in hindsight turns out to be a really wise investment). After years of losing seasons, the team had finally started to get it together in recent campaigns, before a very odd series of happenings ended with the eventual sale. Though there’s probably still a bit of legal wrangling to do, this will put to rest a very ugly chapter in Clippers history, and it’s time to move on toward a brighter-looking future.
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NBA Schedule Notes: All eyes were on the NBA last night, as the league released the schedule for its 69th season. After a cursory glance, there are a few very intriguing games in store for us, and the outcomes will determine the path we take to the playoffs next spring. Let’s take a look at a few notable dates and highlights from this season’s schedule.
The regular season will open on October 28, with San Antonio playing their first game since clinching the NBA Championship last year against in-state rival Dallas. That’ll be a home game for the Spurs and one of a trio of contests on the NBA schedule.
The Cavaliers--who are now the odds-on favorites to win the East--will also be featured in a number of key slots throughout the year. They’ll open things up at home on October 30 against the Knicks, and will play on Christmas in Miami, which will mark LeBron James’ first return to South Beach since announcing his decision to don a Cavs uniform this summer. The Wizards, Knicks, Thunder, Spurs, Lakers, Bulls, Warriors and Clippers also play on Christmas day in what will be an awesome afternoon/evening for NBA fans.
Also of note, the All-Star break is two days longer than usual this season, which will leave us fans with another 48 hours to fill before our teams get back to the hardwood.
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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