Wednesday October 7th, 2015

The NBA preseason is about to hit full swing and the start of the regular season is less than three weeks away. With the 2015-16 campaign on the horizon, teams and players are preparing for the start of the season.

Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below.

• Houston Rockets guard James Harden told NBA.com’s Fran Blinebury that he believes he should have earned the 2015 MVP award over Stephen Curry. “I am the best player in the league. I believe that,” Harden said.

• Orlando Magic forward Channing Frye could be available for a trade, sources told Zach Lowe of Grantland, though this has been denied by Magic officials.

• The Minnesota Timberwolves are “absolutely” planning to start Zach LaVine at shooting guard this year, interim head coach Sam Mitchell said. LaVine would get the starting position over Kevin Martin.

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• San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge was forced to sit out of practice with leg tightness Tuesday, something he didn’t want to do. Head coach Gregg Popovich told the power forward, “Welcome to the Spurs. Go sit.”

• Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist underwent successful shoulder surgery for a torn labrum Tuesday, according to NBA.com. Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months

LeBron James will play in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Bulls in Cincinnati, but will sit out Thursday’s game at Philadelphia, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is expected to return in time for the season opener, reports Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. However, point guard Kyrie Irving will not be ready.

• The Detroit Pistons may have interest in Phoenix Suns forward Markieff Morris, reports Detroit Free Press beat writer Vince Ellis. Morris was upset when Phoenix traded his brother to the Pistons, but has changed his tune since then.

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