Oct. 27, 2016
NBA 2016-2017 Recent Deadline Updates
With the NBA 2016-17 regular season just around the corner it is time to get informed on the latest roster cuts, rumors, and other news around the league. Here is a little compilation of the latest news surrounding the NBA:
NBA commissioner still working on new CBA agreement - Some sources that are saying the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are going to sign off on a seven-year extension of their collective-bargaining agreement, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said that the two parties are getting closer to finalizing a deal, but nothing has been made official yet. The current contract between the two will be effective until June 2021. Both sides can opt out of the agreement if a decision is made by December 15th.
"The reports aren't far off, but we're not quite there, yet," Silver said Tuesday morning on ESPN's Mike & Mike.
Sacramento Kings elect to keep Ty Lawson and release guards Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins - Lawson won the battle to land on the 15-man roster and will start as stand-in point guard for the suspended Darren Collison. New Kings coach Dave Joerger has been pleased with the way Lawson showcased himself over the course of the NBA preseason. Lawson had to meet with team officials after he missed his flight to Kentucky in order to appear in the Lexington game. It was later confirmed by the general manger that he missed the flight due to a "personal issue" and that was no reason leave him off the team. Lawson, 28, was signed to a one-year non-guaranteed deal. The hopes are to have him fill the gaps in the backcourt.
Celtics part ways with former first-rounder R.J. Hunter - The Celtics had to cut R.J. Hunter in order to slim down their roster to 15 men. He was the 28th pick of 2015. The Celtics were unable to trade him away in a situation that would have benefited the team without consequences. "The one part of the business that, no matter what, every time sucks, is when you have to make roster decisions," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. The team was focused on finding deals for Hunter and 2014 first-round pick James Young before the deadline. It was obvious the Celtics had to get rid of one player.
Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons will not play in opening game - Parsons has said that there are no problems with his knee, but the team has yet to clear him for action. The team plans to ease him back into the game with extra caution. This is now his second surgery on his right knee and it is very hard to come back to a sport (especially at the pro level) with multiple surgeries in the same area. The Dallas Mavericks did not take any chances with signing the hurt forward. So he signed a four-year, $94 million maximum contract with the Grizzlies. In addition to Parsons, Marc Gasol is also going to operate on a limited playing time as he is getting eased back into the game. Gasol had was diagnosed Type II fracture of the navicular bone of his right foot after he was declared out for the rest of the season back in February.