NBA News: Player News and Updates for 9/30/14
NBA Player Updates 9/30: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 30, 2014
We’re only a couple of days into the new week, and already we’ve seen some pretty interesting NBA news hitting the scene. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look around the league and check on some of the ongoing storylines out there. Here’s the latest.
Today’s a happy day in the Morris household. The Suns inked both Macus and Markieff Morris to multi-year contract extensions, according to an announcement made public yesterday.
Markieff will be getting a four-year deal worth $32 million, while Marcus agreed to a four-year extension worth $20 million.
Markieff is coming off 13.8 PPG and 6.0 RPG averages in 2013, while Marcus posted 9.7 PPG and 3.9 RPG in a career year.
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According to sources close to the team, the Wizards’ Otto Porter will be getting some heavy usage in the early-going this season. Teammate Martell Webster is nursing a back injury, and with him out Porter will need to serve as the No. 1 backup behind Paul Pierce.
Porter has quite a bit to prove in his second season. He was hampered by injury in 2013-14, managing just 37 games due to hamstring and hip flexor issues.
Interestingly enough, the Bulls’ Joakim Noah hasn’t been medically cleared to resume basketball activities following his arthroscopic knee surgery in May.
It sounds like getting back on the court is the final hurdle for Noah, whose rehab has reportedly gone smoothly. The team will be easing him into action gradually when he does come back.
We got some fresh news on the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo yesterday, so let’s take a look at his outlook following surgery on his hand.
Rondo met with the media yesterday and reported that he hopes to be out of action for just six weeks. That said, he could be out for as many as 10 weeks if things don’t go optimally in his recovery.
The difference in games missed is pretty significant: Rondo would be out just five games on the low end as opposed to around 20 if he’s out for an extended period.
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: Preseason begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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