The new NBA season officially starts today with some training camps opening, and preseason games begin in the first week of October. Questions about Carmelo Anthony's future with the New York Knicks continue to linger, but Kevin Durant's off-court actions have dominated headlines this week, raising some concerns within the Golden State Warriors organization. Here's the latest on that and other news and rumors you need to know in today's NBA Rumors Roundup:
Members of Warriors "perplexed" by Kevin Durant's offseason actions
Kevin Durant has had an interesting week. First, he criticized the Oklahoma City Thunder and head coach Billy Donovan on Twitter before quickly deleting the tweets. Then, he said that he "initially regretted" his decision to join the Golden State Warriors because of the negative backlash he received.
Of course, Durant also took a shot at Under Armour earlier this summer despite teammate Stephen Curry being their marquee athlete endorser.
All of these actions have "perplexed" and "bewildered" both players and Warriors front office members, according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical.
The Warriors will open training camp Friday and maybe then things will get back to normal. The sneaker tiff with Curry seems to have blown over, and by addressing the Thunder tweets he saves himself from having to later. But make no mistake: Many in Golden State, team officials and players alike, have taken note of Durant's oddball offseason and are perplexed by it. They see a bright future for Durant in Oakland, league and team sources told The Vertical, and are bewildered as to why he is still addressing his past.
Durant, of course, won his first NBA title and Finals MVP with the Warriors last season. He averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
Andrew Wiggins close to signing max extension with Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been trying to sign Andrew Wiggins to a long-term extension all offseason, and the two sides are close on a five-year max deal that would pay Wiggins close to $150 million.
The former No. 1 overall pick told Minnesota earlier this summer that he wouldn't re-sign with the franchise for anything less than the max. However, owner Glen Taylor wanted to meet with Wiggins prior to offering the max deal to make sure "he's committed to improving."
Wiggins averaged 23.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game last season.
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Anthony Bennett signs non-guaranteed training camp deal with Phoenix Suns
Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett, who only played in 23 games last season for the Brooklyn Nets, has signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Phoenix Suns, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett has signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Phoenix Suns, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 22, 2017
Bennett averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game last year.Back to the NBA Newsfeed