Monday October 19th, 2015

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The NBA preseason is winding down as we inch closer to the start of the regular season on Oct. 27. With a week to go, teams are ramping up their preparations for the long haul ahead.

Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below.

• Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson’s holdout could last well into the season as both sides have stopped communicating, reports Chris Hayes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Knicks head coach Derek Fisher suggested New York could be this year’s version of the 2014–15 Atlanta Hawks, reports Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press. The Hawks won 60 games and finished first in the Eastern Conference last year.

• The Hawks will likely hold off until the Nov. 2 deadline before deciding to pick up team options on guards Dennis Schroder and Tim Hardaway Jr., reports Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

• Dallas Mavericks point guard Deron Williams has a strained calf and there is no timetable for his return, reports Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Thunder forward Kevin Durant said that Oklahoma City is running more offensive sets under new head coach Billy Donovan than they did under Scott Brooks, reports Eric Horne of the Oklahoman.

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Rockets shooting guard James Harden told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle that he wants to retire in Houston.

• The Cleveland Cavaliers announced they have signed power forward Jack Cooley.

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