By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports
The NBA season is now just over a month old, and the Golden State Warriors have emerged as the hottest team in the league. They are in first place in the Western Conference with a 15–2 record, and are currently riding an 11-game win streak. They will put that streak on the line on Monday when they host the Atlanta Hawks.
Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below.
• The Milwaukee Bucks are hopeful that guard Khris Middleton will return late in the season, reports Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times. Middleton tore his left hamstring completely off the bone during an informal workout with teammates in September.
• New York Knicks president Phil Jackson's future with the franchise is "fluid," and he may decide to opt-out of his contract with the team over the summer, reports Mark Heisler of the Orange Country Register.
• Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki is hoping to return from a strained Achilles at "some point in December," reports ESPN's Tim MacMahon. Nowitzki has missed 11 straight games with the injury.
• Mavs owner Mark Cuban is adamant that the team is not tanking this year despite having the worst record in the league (3–13), reports MacMahon.
• Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge is still pursuing a "major trade" to improve the team this season, reports Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
• The Chicago Bulls announced that point guard Michael Carter-Williams will miss another 4–6 weeks with a wrist injury. He has not played since Halloween.
• Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal was fined $15K for grabbing the throat of Orlando Magic forward Evan Fournier in Washington's 94-91 win on Friday, reports ESPN.