NBA News: Player News and Updates for 8/26/14
NBA Player Updates 8/26: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 26, 2014
We’ve seen some pretty hefty NBA headlines over the past several days, and we’re sure to be getting many more before we get to the regular season. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and check on some of the notable players and headlines out there to see who’s making news. Here’s the latest.
Timberwolves Outlook: Yesterday, we took a brief look at the potential outcome of this past weekend’s Kevin Love trade, from the point of view of the Cavaliers. Today it’s time to review things from the Timberwolves’ side, so let’s see what the new crop of young talent means for their immediate (and not-so-immediate) future.
Now that the T-Wolves have been out of playoff action for an entire decade, the frustration is beginning to mount for the fan base. Rather than spend money and resources landing a top-shelf veteran or two alongside disgruntled superstar Kevin Love, the team has decided to go the organic route by building a winning roster from the ground up.
They’ve certainly got the resources to put together a lengthy run of success. With Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett on board, the team now has youth aplenty with Zach LaVine (2014 lottery pick), Ricky Rubio (just 24 years old) and Gorgui Dieng (2013 first-round pick).
Alongside the youngsters will be Thad Young, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin, who should be able to provide some stability to the young and maturing team.
Whether or not the lineup will be able to mature and gel around each other (or better yet, how long it will take), is anyone’s guess, but we like Minnesota’s thinking. They’re doing everything they can to create a winning culture that will give them a sustained run at success.
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Thompson Outlook: This week (and all off-season, really), people have been talking about Warriors guard Klay Thompson and his potential impact in the 2014-15 campaign. He was almost a casualty of a big trade, as the Warriors entered themselves in the Kevin Love sweepstakes before eventually losing out to Cleveland.
Now that we know Thompson will be staying put, we can try to gauge his chances at stepping forward this year. Things are looking good so far.
Thompson is a member of the USA’s World Cup team, and he’ll bring yet another layer of long-range shooting ability to the roster. He and Stephen Curry will spend the length of the tournament tightening their chemistry, which should translate to the regular season.
Thompson has said he’ll be tightening down on defense as well, which should help round out his game. He’s coming off a 16.6 PPG average with 3.7 RPG and 2.2 APG. If he can get it done on both ends of the floor, we see good things materializing for Golden State.
NBA Daily Schedule: Let’s start looking forward to the upcoming 2014-15 NBA regular season. Here’s a look at opening night on October 28.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (TNT)
10:30 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers (TNT)
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. Here’s a look at what we’ve got left.
October 4: Pre-season begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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