Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are both confident that Thompson will remain with the Warriors despite Golden State's involvement in Kevin Love trade talks.
Thompson spoke with coach Steve Kerr and said he "got the vibe" that he's not going anywhere next season, which meshes with reports that Golden State has refused to include him in trades. His sentiments were echoed by Curry, who said, "Every year there is some rumor in play ... But they've made a decision, at least it seems like they have, that Klay is an investment they don't want to give up." Both of the Warriors' young guards are vying for spots on Team USA during this week's training camp in Las Vegas.
Al Jefferson (plantar fasciitis) declined to join Team USA this summer in order to allow his foot to completely heal.
"I was contacted, but I was just trying to focus on getting my foot healed and getting ready for upcoming season," said Jefferson. He has been practicing without pain since early June, so his decision to skip the FIBA World Cup seems almost entirely a precautionary move to limit the wear-and-tear on his body. Charlotte finished 7th in the Eastern Conference last year and they'll look to get a higher seed with Lance Stephenson aboard this season.
Jimmy Butler will not participate in Team USA's training camp this week due to a slightly strained groin.
The injury doesn't sound serious but Butler is taking a conservative approach, which should please the Bulls even as it weakens Team USA. Earning a spot on the team would have given Butler an opportunity to learn from the league's best while gaining international exposure, so it's an unfortunate turn of events for the Bulls' 24-year-old shooting guard.
Kobe Bryant has offered his full support for new Lakers coach Byron Scott.
L.A. has not officially announced Scott as their coach, but he confirmed in an interview that it's only a matter of time. "[Scott] was my rookie mentor when I first came in the league," Kobe said. "We've had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years." Scott has 13 years of NBA head coaching experience, including four playoff appearances and two Eastern Conference championships, but he'll have his hands full with the Lakers' rebuilt roster.
Paul Millsap has been invited to join Team USA during their six-day training camp in Las Vegas this week.
The team recently lost frontcourt players LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin, prompting Team USA director to bring Millsap into the fold. With 19 players competing for 12 roster spots in this summer's FIBA World Cup, Millsap still faces a steep road to making the team.
The Lakers have Carlos Boozer "penciled in" as their starting small forward, according to beat writer Mike Bresnahan.
This is likely an errant report, as it's unsettling to imagine Boozer trying to defend small forwards on a nightly basis. The 32-year-old said that he "absolutely" views himself as a starter, and he's comfortable playing PF or C, so he should carve out a solid role one way or another. His scoring and rebounding make him a tolerable gamble in the late rounds.
Knicks PG Pablo Prigioni is excited to play alongside former teammate Jose Calderon this season.
Prigioni projects as the Knicks' primary backup PG, ahead of Shane Larkin. "[Calderon] is a great player and very good professional, a great 3-point shooting guy," said Prigioni. "He can run the team and read the game very well and is a good defender." While NBA fans may quibble with the last point, the combination of Calderon and Prigioni gives New York a pair of veteran, pass-first guards who are also deadly at the free throw line and behind the arc.
LeBron James will wear No. 23 with the Cavaliers this season, the same number he wore during his first seven years in Cleveland.
James switched his jersey to No. 6 with the Heat, but wrote on Sunday, "23 it is! It’s only right I go back." The decision is symbolic of his full-circle return to Ohio, and it's great news for fans who have old LeBron jerseys buried in the back of their closet.