NBA Rumors: LeBron Expected To Play In Opener, Lakers Won't Sign Randle To Extension & More

The NBA regular season finally gets underway tomorrow, but before the new year gets underway, teams around the league were making decisions ahead of today's 6:00 pm ET contract extension deadline for players entering the final years of their contracts. We have the latest on big names who did and didn't sign extensions, as well as some injury news ahead of the season opener on Tuesday. Here are all the latest news & rumors you need to know:

LeBron James expected to play in opener
James has been dealing with a sprained ankle throughout the preseason, and while he is questionable to play in tomorrow's opener against the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said the team is preparing as if LeBron will be playing.

Teammate JR Smith also told the media that James will play.

Tuesday's matchup isn't just the first game of the season - it also marks Kyrie Irving's return to Cleveland after he requested a trade this offseason.

LeBron, who missed just eight games in 2016-17, averaged 26.4 points, 8.7 assists, and 8.6 rebounds per game last season.

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Lakers won't sign Julius Randle to extension
The Los Angeles Lakers opted not to sign Julius Randle to an extension before the deadline, meaning that he will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Los Angeles is trying to save as much cap space as possible in order to sign two players to max contracts in the offseason. They have also explored the possibility of trading Randle, and they will continue to field offers for him throughout the season.

Randle averaged 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds in 74 games last season, including 73 starts.

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Spurs sign LaMarcus Aldridge to three-year extension
In a surprising turn of events, the San Antonio Spurs signed big man LaMarcus Aldridge to a three-year extension, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

San Antonio attempted to trade Aldridge at the trade deadline last season and again prior to the draft, but have no opted to keep him around long-term.

Aldridge averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season, both of which were his lowest since his rookie season.

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