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 Journalindicates 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 Cleveland.com 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.
• 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.