NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/2/15
NBA Player Updates 7/2: The Latest News from Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 2, 2015
Yesterday was a crazy day in the NBA off-season, as it marked the beginning of the free agency period. We’ve seen a veritable tidal wave of new information over the past 24 hours, so let’s check out some of the notable headlines from around the league.
The Bucks and guard Khris Middleton agreed to a five-year deal worth $70 million yesterday.
Middleton is coming off 13.4 PPG and 4.4 RPG averages in 2014-15, playing in 79 games.
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The Nets inked up center Brook Lopez yesterday. That new deal is worth $60 million over three years.
It’s no real surprise that Lopez has a new deal; that seemed to be the consensus as far as what was going to happen. He averaged 19.8 PPG and 9.0 RPG in the playoff matchup against the Hawks.
In other Nets news, the team agreed to a deal with forward Thaddeus Young yesterday. His new deal is worth $50 million over a period of four years.
Young logged 14.1 PPG and 5.4 RPG last year.
One of the bigger news items from yesterday’s action was the Clippers’ signing of Paul Pierce. He’ll be getting almost $10 million over three years.
Pierce now rejoins ex-coach Doc Rivers. The veteran is coming off 11.9 PPG and 4.0 RPG with the Wizards in 2014-15.
The Cavaliers will be retaining guard Iman Shumpert. He and the team agreed to a four-year $40 million deal last night.
Shumpert was a restricted free agent this year. He logged 8.0 PPG in his 62 appearances last year.
It’s looking like the Lakers are out of the LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes. The free agent forward was reportedly unimpressed by the team’s pitch to him.
The early favorite to land Aldridge is San Antonio, but he’s going to be meeting up with other teams in his decision-making process.
NBA Off-Season Schedule: Now that the season is over, we can spend the rest of our summer prepping for the 2015-16 campaign. Let’s check out a few key dates from the off-season period.
June 25: NBA Draft
July 1: Free Agency Period Begins
July 8: Moratorium Lifts
Early July: NBA Summer League
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