The start of the NBA season is still pretty far away, but the news continues to trickle in from all across the league. With that in mind, let’s look forward to the upcoming 2013-14 campaign by examining some of the noteworthy stories developing this morning. Here’s the latest.
Dwyane Wade, SG, Miami Heat: We’ll start things off today with Wade, whose injury issues have caused some worry in what should be a carefree off-season of championship afterglow for the Heat. Word broke earlier this week that he was planning on resuming basketball activities this weekend, which would be the first time he’s hit the court since Miami won their second straight NBA Championship.
The layoff was an attempt at giving some rest to his ailing knees, which bothered him last season and flared up during the playoffs. Since then, Wade has had shock treatment to help ease his tendinitis, but it remains to be seen how his bone bruises will respond after the long rest.
Look for Wade to have his minutes monitored closely during the regular season. The East is much stronger this year, with the Pacers, Nets, Bulls and Knicks all expected to be serious contenders. A healthy Dwyane Wade will go a long way toward easing some of the load from LeBron’s back.
Larry Sanders, C, Milwaukee Bucks: Sanders is a happy man today. He signed what’s reported to be a four-year, $44-million-dollar contract extension yesterday, cementing his status as a building block within the Bucks’ redesigned roster. Sanders is coming off a nice 2012-13, averaging 9.9 PPG and 9.5 RPG. His 2.8 blocks were also second-best in the league.
Andrea Bargnani, PF, New York Knicks: Unfortunate news for the Knicks’ new arrival Bargnani. He’s been suffering from pneumonia since earlier this month, and his condition has forced him out of September’s EuroBasket, which is an event he’d planned to participate in with the Italian national team.
Early timetables for Bargnani’s recovery have him missing out on scrimmages and workouts with the Knicks next month, but by the time training camp rolls around in October, he should be good to go. It’ll be interesting to see exactly what the Knicks plan to do with their bounty of noteworthy forwards, not to mention their perceived defensive inadequacy. Coach Woodson has his work cut out for him.
Ronnie Brewer, SG, Houston Rockets: Speaking of the Knicks, their (and the Thunder’s) bench roleplayer from last season has a new home in Houston. Brewer signed a two-year deal with the Rockets earlier this week, the latest in a line of small deals since the team landed heavily-coveted free agent Dwight Howard. Coming off the bench, Brewer can offer the Rockets a solid line of defense on the perimeter and a bit of shooting here and there. He should be a nice addition.
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