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Tuesday, September 26 NBA Rumors
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NBA rumors Russell Westbrook looked like he was about to evade a question regarding his unsigned extension before coming back around to answering — kind of. “Like I said before, man, this is a place I want to be,” Westbrook said at Oklahoma City Thunder media day. “I love being here. I'm excited about the season, obviously, with a lot of new changes.” Norman Transcript

The Thunder offered Westbrook a five-year extension worth more than $200 million July 1. It would kick in for the start of the 2018-19 season and go through 2022-23. He still hasn’t signed it. Monday offered the first chance for him to comment on the situation since general manager Sam Presti officially placed the offer in front of him. Norman Transcript

Westbrook has until Oct. 16 to sign the extension. If he doesn’t finalize it by then, he can become a free agent this summer along with fellow Thunder stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. And his reason for not inking the deal so far seems to be merely that he’s been busy. Norman Transcript

In the halls of Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday, the new Big 3 had an unmistakable gravitational pull. Russell Westbrook laughed alongside Paul George. Carmelo Anthony, wearing a black, long-sleeved hoodie under his white No. 7 Thunder jersey, followed a few steps behind. Media members and Thunder staffers orbited around them with camera phones, eager to get a snapshot of the NBA's newest super team. That's right. Not a game has been played, and the Westbrook-Anthony-George trio has elevated the Thunder to that distinction. “I definitely think this qualifies as a super team,” Thunder guard Andre Roberson said. “There's not that many teams in the league with as many stars as we have. Oklahoman

NBA rumors The Raptors also announced they have signed guard Andy Rautins. Rautins, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, averaged 11.9 points, 4.7 assists and 32.6 minutes in 30 games with Gaziantep (Turkey-BSL) last season. Inside Hoops

The Indiana Pacers have signed 6-7 forward Jarrod Uthoff. It’s likely just a training camp deal. Uthoff was undrafted out of the University of Iowa in 2016. Inside Hoops

Center Alex Len is once again a member of the Phoenix Suns. According to the Arizona Republic, the team signed Len to a one-year, $4.2 million qualifying offer. Len, a 7-1, 250-pound center, has played his first four professional seasons with the Suns, increasing his per-36-minute averages in points and rebounds in each season of his career. Inside Hoops

Phoenix Suns forward/center Alan Williams today underwent a meniscus repair of his right knee. The procedure was performed by Head Team Physician Dr. Tom Carter in Phoenix. Williams is expected to return to full basketball activity in approximately six months. Inside Hoops

Nic Barlage has been named President of Business Operations for the Cleveland Cavaliers organization. Barlage comes to the Cavaliers from the Phoenix Suns organization where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer. Inside Hoops

The New Orleans Pelicans have re-signed forward Dante Cunningham. Cunningham, 6-8, 230, originally signed with New Orleans on December 4, 2014. Inside Hoops

The Houston Rockets have re-signed guard Bobby Brown and signed free agent guard/forward Chris Johnson in advance of training camp, which will take place from Tuesday, Sept. 26 through Monday, Oct. 2. Brown joined the Rockets prior to the start of last season after spending the previous six years playing overseas. Over his final 14 games played in 2016-17, Brown shot 50.0% from the floor. He shot 40.0% from 3-point range during the regular season and 45.5% in the playoffs. Inside Hoops

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball said he is still deliberating on whether he will wear other shoe brands in addition to his Big Baller Brand this season like he did when he created a stir at the Las Vegas Summer League. "Who knows," Ball said when asked if he will wear other brands such as Nike and Adidas during his rookie season. "Probably my shoes, though, thinking about it right now. "I'll definitely be in my shoes the first game and then just go from there." ESPN.com

In recent days, via Twitter and other social media, LeBron James has referred to Trump as a “bum.” He did so after Trump rebuked Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry for saying he wouldn’t attend a White House reception for the reigning NBA champions. James’ anger at Trump was further stoked when the president used a series of weekend tweets to strongly criticize players in the National Football League for kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before games. Trump argued that the NFL needed to get its house in order and threaten players with losing their jobs if they didn’t change their behavior. News Herald


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