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October 30, 2014 | 07:48 AM ET Update

The clock continues to tick toward Friday’s deadline for the Thunder to come to terms on a contract extension for guard Reggie Jackson. But as the deadline nears, a deal appears unlikely to get done and talks will have to resume next summer when Jackson becomes a restricted free agent. Oklahoman

Next summer, Grizzles center Marc Gasol, a versatile and supremely talented 7-foot center, will be a free agent. The Knicks, with more than $20 million of cap space, are expected to make a run at him. Pau, in town with the Bulls, his new team, said it is “possible” his 29-year-old brother could wind up in New York and mentioned he has talked to Marc about Knicks president Phil Jackson in the past. “We’ll see what happens next year, what he decides. Hopefully he’ll have a strong year and all the options in the world, because he’s one of the top centers, interior players in the league, so any team would be fortunate to have him,” the 34-year-old Spaniard said of his younger brother, before the Bulls demolished the Knicks, 104-80, Wednesday night at the Garden. “It’s a personal decision. I talked to my brother enough about Phil that he knows what he brings to the table. New York Post

As the clock ticks toward Friday’s midnight deadline, there is a sense of optimism the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson will come to an agreement on a contract extension, multiple sources with knowledge of the talks said. If an agreement isn’t reached prior to the deadline, Thompson will become a restricted free agent next summer and the Cavs can match any offer he receives from another team. But it may not get that far. Akron Beacon Journal

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo isn’t one to pour compliments on opposing players. He doesn’t tend to watch other teams play basketball either, unless it is to study film. However, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker grabbed his attention with the way he moved without the ball in the NBA Finals, and now Rondo is incorporating some of Parker’s game into his already stacked arsenal of weapons. “He’s a guy that usually dominates the ball like myself, but in the Finals he got off the ball a lot and he never stopped moving,” Rondo said of Parker. “A guy at that age, not that he’s old, but I think he’s 31 (Ed. Note: Parker is 32), to be able to move with the young guys says a lot.” Basketball Insiders

Michael Wallace: Kemba: "Everybody wants me to make that shot. My teammates, coaches, everyone is like, 'Here Kemba.Take the ball and win the game.'" Twitter

Bryant said after he told Randle he could not feel sorry for himself, the rookie responded, “Yeah, I’m not having any pity parties.” “Get it out your system,” Bryant said he told Randle, “just like I did, with a nice hard cry then it’s time to go from there.” Orange County Register

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski expects the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association to continue the one-and-done draft rule because he isn't convinced the players' union would be in favor of moving the draft rule to two years out of high school when the issue next comes before the union and the league. Krzyzewski said on the ESPNU College Basketball podcast that the current rules likely are here to stay. "I'm not sure how the players' union would react to that," Krzyzewski said. "They have to represent the players, and if a player is really good, an extra year you spend can cost you tens of millions of dollars. I'm not sure the players' association would take that away from the players. I would like to see it [two years], but it's not a done deal. What we have is probably going to be there for a while." ESPN.com

Phil Jackson summed up the New York Knicks' 24-point season-opening loss to the Chicago Bulls succinctly late Wednesday night. "Not ready for showtime, were we guys?" the Knicks president said to reporters before getting into the passenger seat of his SUV. ESPN.com

Afterward, Jackson was asked how long he thought it would take for the Knicks to be competitive in his first full season as president. "I can't say how long it's going to take," he said. ESPN.com

LeBron James and Dan Gilbert were back in the same building Wednesday on the eve of the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener, and they shared the same sunny outlook about their relationship that turned ice cold in a very public fashion four years ago. "I think it's really good," James said when asked about his rapport with the Cavs' owner. "We had one bad moment, and it just overshadowed all the great times we had together, and now we're back together. "We both have something in common: That's to bring a championship back to this city, and that's what it comes down to. That's what our thrive is, that's what our drive is, and we have an opportunity and we have an obligation to represent this team and this franchise the right way." ESPN.com

Stern, who oversaw work stoppages that resulted in missed games in 1999 and 2011, said he's unconcerned about that perspective among players. "The league's not going to be losing money," he told CBSSports.com. "That's great. And the players get 50 percent of it. ... As a league we were losing money [during the 2011 lockout] and my guess is, as a league, when the new TV deal kicks in, they're going to be making money. That's a guess; I don't have the numbers. Some teams lose money voluntarily." CBSSports.com

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor pleaded guilty Wednesday to a domestic violence charge and admitted he pushed his girlfriend at a hotel in Michigan. The news came just hours before the Hornets were set to open the regular season against the Milwaukee Bucks. Taylor pleaded guilty in East Lansing District Court to domestic abuse and malicious destruction of property charges. He faces up to 93 days in jail, but prosecutors say they won't oppose a diversion program that could clear Taylor's record if he complies with probation rules. Detroit News

 

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