NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/8/15
NBA Player Updates 7/8: The Latest News from Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 8, 2015
It seems like every day there are plenty of new headlines coming in from around the NBA. Today’s no different, so let’s check in on some of the off-season happenings and see who’s making news.
The Timberwolves inked up their top two draft picks this week. Karl-Anthony Towns (No. 1 overall) and Tyus Jones (No. 24 overall) have both signed.
Towns logged 10.3 PPG with 6.7 RPG for Kentucky last year, while Jones managed 11.8 PPG with 5.6 APG at Duke.
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Guard Mo Williams confirmed his return to the Cavaliers yesterday. He’ll be back in Cleveland on a two-year, $4.3 million deal.
Williams won’t be able to sign officially until tomorrow, but it looks like he’s all lined up. He’ll be a nice fit at the backup PG slot and is coming off a 17.2 PPG average in 27 appearances for Charlotte last year.
Back to the Timberwolves for a moment: veteran forward Kevin Garnett will be heading back to Minnesota next year on a two-season deal.
This will be Garnett’s 21st NBA season in what’s been a long, Hall-of-Fame-caliber career. He played his first 12 years with the Timberwolves and was back in 2014-15, logging 6.9 PPG with 6.6 RPG.
The Blazers’ Gerald Henderson underwent surgery yesterday. The procedure was a left hip debridement arthroscopy.
Henderson should be ready to go by the time training camp rolls around.
We saw a few high draft picks getting signed yesterday in addition to Towns. Trey Lyles, Jahlil Okafor and Bobby Portis are a few other notable first-round picks who were inked by their respective teams (the Jazz, Sixers and Bulls).
PF Jason Smith has agreed to terms with the Magic, according to sources. He’ll be there for one year on a $4.5 million deal.
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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