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October 31, 2014 | 08:47 AM ET Update

Sources say that the Wolves and Rubio have been in advanced negotiations for the last few weeks that are likely to lead to an extension. Thompson and Golden State, meanwhile, have been in serious talks for some time after the Warriors backed out of long-running Love trade talks with Mi?nnesota this offseason in order to keep Thompson. ESPN.com

As I wrote in the notes for Friday’s paper, the Cavs and Anderson Varejao are close on a three-year, $30 million extension. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein was first to report the extension news. Akron Beacon Journal

This year, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis remain free agents. Allen is biding his time while waiting to see what team he might fit with, and retirement remains a possibility for the 39-year-old. Lewis is working out, sometimes in Dallas, to recover from a knee problem. "We haven't talked to him, but I think he's doing it the right way," owner Mark Cuban said of Allen. "He's waiting to see who's doing well. If it comes down to it, we'd always consider it. We're always open to improving the team. But you don't want to mess up a good thing, either. That's when Caron got hurt and Roddy got hurt. But Peja is a good example," he said referring to Caron Butler and Roddy Beaubois injuries creating a need for Stojakovic in 2010-11. Dallas Morning News

David 'Dubi' Pick: I noted yesterday that the OKC Thunder express interest in Gal Mekel. Wonder if deal could materialize with Russell Westbrook out. Twitter @IAmDPick

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland in both points (22) and assists (seven), but pointed to his four turnovers as proof that he needs to work with coach David Blatt in executing the plays that are being called. "For us, it's just a better communication between me and Coach Blatt," Irving said. "That's basically what it boils down to. I'm his point guard out there, and some things that I see, you know, he has plays in his mind and I have plays in my mind as well. "We're just going to continue to grow. It's a process. Within practice, we kind of switch on and off [calling the plays], but for us it's about what's going on out there on the court and what he sees and what I see, and hopefully we can get on the same page pretty soon." ESPN.com

I asked Marion if that’s the fewest minutes he has ever played on a night when he’s healthy. “Yes,” he said. “By far. By far. It’s interesting.” Akron Beacon Journal

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban joined KRLD-FM on Thursday. Here are some highlights from the interview. On the Chandler Parsons/Rick Carlisle weight issue: “It’s like telling your wife she looks fat in a dress. It was nothing. It was just coach. Chandler it wasn’t a big deal for him, but it got a lot of media attention so coach did the right thing and addressed it. I kind of laughed it off when it all happened and Chandler kind of laughed it off but it’s just the nature of the beast with media these days. It’s better to nip it in the bud than to have to answer it over and over and over again. Because you know there’s going to be people months, years, later that are going ask about stuff like that.” Dallas Morning News

"We just absolutely melted down, hung our heads, and basically, the group on the floor were willing to let the game go. They were willing to let the game go," Van Gundy said. "We got five guys in there who weren't willing to let the game go and we got back in it. "But that was very, very disappointing. That was the first adversity we hit this year and we failed the test badly." Booth Newspapers

Walking off the floor after the Nuggets' 89-79 win in Denver on opening night Wednesday with 22 points and 17 rebounds to his name, Faried mouthed off about Smith's evening. "Josh Smith, we let him keep shooting," Faried said on the team's website after the game. "And he ended up with 25, but he still kept shooting. He shot them out of the game." Detroit News

Smith, who started off hitting six of his first 10 shots but made just three of his final 12, heard of Faried's comments Thursday afternoon from a friend, and fired back in kind before the Pistons played the Minnesota Timberwolves. "I don't respond to nobody with dreadlocks who plays basketball," Smith said, referring to Faried's hairdo. "He's a clown, quote me on that." Detroit News

"He fears me," Smith said. "He's scared of me, so, of course, he'll talk about me in the paper. He won't do it to me in my face. If you have to hide behind a microphone or smartphone, so be it. I don't mind." Detroit News

The early indication is that Russell Westbrook could miss four to six weeks after fracturing the second metacarpal in his right hand Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers. It could keep the Thunder's electric point guard sidelined through mid-December and add him to an already ridiculously long list of injured Oklahoma City players who are expected to miss the season's first month. Oklahoman

Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook broke his right hand Thursday, coach Scott Brooks said after the loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Westbrook, hurt during the middle of the second quarter of the 93-90 loss, has a small fracture in his second metacarpal. No timetable on a return was available Thursday night. "We'll know more tomorrow," Brooks said. "We have to figure it out together." USA Today Sports

Russell Westbrook hurt his right hand going up for a rebound during the second quarter of tonight’s game versus the Clippers, and headed to the locker room for evaluation. As he was on his way, a fan said something to draw the Thunder guard’s ire. Westbrook turned around and snapped at him: The Big Lead

The second scenario offers limited options for the Lakers. The third scenario, while technically plausible, is considered heretical by so many Lakers faithful it's hard to see the Lakers pulling the trigger. "I don't think Mitch has much choice but to find ways to lose," one GM told ESPN. "They're going to be bad anyway. You don't want to be just good enough that you lose the pick and still miss the playoffs. I don't think they have the assets to get good enough to make the playoffs and I don't think they have the [expletive] to trade Kobe. It's paradoxical, but right now losing seems like the only way to really get better." ESPN.com

Silver talked about it in more detail with Howard Beck of Bleacher Report in a video interview (it’s worth watching all of it, they cover some other interesting topics). “I and others at the league office have spent a lot of time studying the Champions League for European soccer and other types of cups and mid-season tournaments,” Silver said in the interview. “Now there there’s a long tradition, but maybe there’s the opportunity to create a new tradition. And to create more competitions. Right now everything is about the Larry O’Brien trophy but soccer operates a little differently, they have different cups, which may not be as important as the championship but in their own right are highly significant. “Those are not the kinds of changes that are going to happen in a year, or maybe even in two or three years, but they are the kinds of development for the league that needs to be studied over time.” NBCSports.com

"I can say that I was more than surprised," Roberts told Yahoo Sports in an interview. "I am not suggesting that Adam is telling a lie. I am sure that the owners told him that. But it's difficult for me to believe that, especially after looking at the 2011 CBA negotiations and seeing all the money the players don't have now. There's $1.1 billion that the players would've been otherwise entitled. "I find it very difficult to appreciate how any owners could suggest they're still losing money. It defies common sense. We know what the franchise values are. I don't have to say '$2 billion' again and again, do I? "The gate receipts, the media deals. What else do you need to make money? We are not going to reengage in a process where this happens again. The NBA's cries of poverty will not fly this time." Yahoo! Sports

Following LeBron James' "Cramp Game" in the NBA Finals last season against the Spurs, much was made of the hydration formula he was using in the sweltering, AC-less AT&T Center. Gatorade took a shot on Twitter following the event, and it seems the players have made their choice. During LeBron's first game back as a Cavalier, against the Knicks, a Cavs' employee could be seen pouring Gatorade into a Powerade bottle. Now, it should be pointed out that Gatorade is an official sponsor of the NBA, but nonetheless, the unintentional irony is hilarious. Sporting News

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