Wednesday September 23rd, 2015

We’re just five weeks away from the start of the 2015–16 NBA season, but there’s already plenty of intrigue and storylines in the league. The start of training camp is just days away, and several teams are already negotiating with players ahead of the Oct. 31 rookie extension deadline.

Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below as training camp approaches.

• Reports conflict on whether Tristan Thompson will re-sign with the Cavaliers. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports the restricted free agent power forward will sign a three-year deal worth $53 million. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal indicates that Broussard’s report is inaccurate, that no deal exists and that the Cavs “do not seem interested” in the reported figures. Joe Vardon of also says reports of Thompson agreeing to the deal are inaccurate.

After the conflicting reports emerged, Broussard tweeted a clarification: Thompson is now apparently willing to sign a deal at those figures, and has backed off his demand for a max, but no deal has been agreed to thus far.

Bucks forward Jabari Parker will be ready for the start of training camp, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Parker is recovering from a torn ACL he sustained in December.

• Forward Anthony Bennett is expected to join the Portland Trail Blazers once he clears waivers, ESPN’s Marc Stein reports. Bennett was bought out by the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

• Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban ripped Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, saying Rivers’s “professional life was over” if the Clippers couldn’t re-sign DeAndre Jordan. Jordan had verbally agreed to sign with the Mavs before backing out and re-signing with the Clips.

• Cavs forward LeBron James has not applied pressure on Cleveland’s front office to meet Tristan Thompson’s contract demands despite the friendship between the two, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

• New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis told SiriusXM NBA Radio that he “10 to 12 pounds of muscle” this summer and feels “more explosive.” He also said that Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry wants New Orleans to shoot over 100 shots per game.

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• Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison said head coach Billy Donovan already has the respect of the team, according to Inside Thunder.

• The New York Knicks announced they have signed Travis Trice and DaJuan Summers to training camp deals.

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