Cavs, NBA set to go camping yet again

Sam Amico

NBA training camps are tipping off and the story lines are taking shape.

Teams are making moves, filling out their rosters, and the questions are starting to surface:

Will J.R. Smith ever re-sign with the world champion Cleveland Cavaliers?

Are the Cavaliers once again championship material?

Or what about the Chicago Bulls, in their first season with old soldiers Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo?

And how much have the Boston Celtics improved with Al Horford and another lottery pick (Jaylen Brown)?

That's just the Eastern Conference. Things are equally interesting out West.

While the Golden State Warriors are the early favorites to win the 2017 title, the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers, and maybe even a few others, have the talent and experience to create some chaos.

These questions and more will be answered in a few weeks, with teams opening their practice doors and shortly, scrimmaging against others in meaningless preseason games.

A month from the start of camp, the real thing begins.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and others will act as defending champions in Cleveland for the first time.

How will they handle it? Can they repeat? Will the Warriors be better or worse with Kevin Durant -- and what appears to be considerably less of a bench?

And hey, how will Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder fare now?

You want answers? You'll get answers -- because ready or not, here comes the season.