NBA rumors: Latest news on injuries, contracts, more
By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports
We're nine days into the NBA season, and only the Cleveland Cavaliers and Oklahoma City Thunder remain undefeated. Both teams will put those records on the line on Thursday night, as the Cavs host the Boston Celtics and Thunder visit the Golden State Warriors. It's the first matchup between Oklahoma City and Golden State since Kevin Durant left the Thunder to sign with the Warriors.
Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below.
• The Utah Jazz are hoping to sign point guard George Hill to a long-term contract in the offseason, reports ESPN's Tim MacMahon.
• Celtics forward Al Horford will miss his second straight game on Thursday against the Cavaliers with a concussion, reports ESPN's Chris Forsberg.
• Celtics forward Jae Crowder will miss "at least a week" with an ankle sprain suffered in Wednesday's win over the Chicago Bulls, reports Forsberg.
• Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin suffered a strained hamstring in their win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, the team announced. It's unclear how much time Lin will miss with the injury.
• Atlanta Hawks forward Kent Bazemore admitted he turned down the Los Angeles Lakers' four-year, $72 million offer in free agency this past summer because they declined a $1.1 million qualifying offer that would have made him a restricted free agent in 2014, reports Mark Medina of the Orange County Register. He re-signed with Atlanta on a four-year, $70 million deal.
• New York Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek called on his team to get in better shape, reports Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
• The Sacramento Kings announced they have signed veteran point guard Jordan Farmar, who they cut in training camp.