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The latest news and rumors from the NBA off-season as the preseason begins.

October 10, 2016

By Tom Downey, Chat Sports

The NBA preseason is nearing its mid-way point, with five games on tap Monday night. On the schedule is a matchup featuring the Sacramento Kings hosting Israeli team Maccabi Haifa in the first ever game at the Kings' new arena. 

Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below. 

• The Boston Celtics have interest in adding J.R. Smith, reports Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Smith remains unsigned, although it's presumed the Cleveland Cavaliers will bring him back. 

• General manager Vlade Divac shot down rumors that the Kings are trying to trade Ben McLemore and/or Rudy Gay. In an interview with Sirius XM Radio, Divac said the Kings will keep both McLemore and Gay this season. 

• Despite the two teams making sense as partners, the Boston Herald reports it's unlikely the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers will make a trade. Steve Bulpett writes the stakes are too high for with both teams entering key stages in their processes.

• Mario Chalmers tore his Achilles in March, but told ESPN's Brian Windhorst that his recover is coming along. Chalmers said he's a month away from being ready and that he's already heard from several teams.  

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• There's a four-man battle for the last two spots on the Cavs roster, reports Joe Vardon of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The players competing are Jordan McRae, DeAndre Liggins, Dahntay Jones and Toney Douglas. 

• Meyers Leonard has been cleared by the Portland Trail Blazers to return to practice. Leonard underwent surgery for a torn labrum six months ago. 

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• Metta World Peace doesn't plan on quitting basketball any time soon. The Los Angeles Laker told the Orange County Register he wants to play three more seasons, giving him 20 total.

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