(DeAndre) Jordan was on the USA Basketball team that won the gold medal in the Rio Olympics, and from that experience, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has seen a more mature player.
“There’s definitely been [growth] in the leadership category,” Rivers said. “He talks more, which I didn’t know was possible. But he does — really more. I think he prepares better. He was probably around those guys and someone must’ve worked really hard over in Brazil. You can see D.J. is doing that now. He’s putting in more time. He has a better confidence. You can see, even free-throw wise, when you look at him. He looks comfortable. They’re going in a little more, which is good, but the confidence part is good to see.”
Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension
San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.
Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a three-year, $72.3M contract extension, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 16, 2017
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener
LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.
James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.
Source: USA Today Sports
Rodney Hood, Jazz Don’t Come to Agreement on Extension
Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.