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Report: Kevin Durant Told Russell Westbrook He'd Re-Sign With Thunder

Jul 27, 2016 11:47 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder hope to sign Russell Westbrook to a contract extension this summer following the departure of Kevin Durant. 

Westbrook is being pressed to decide his future in 2016 instead of 2017 but he reportedly does not want to be traded this offseason.

"Three weeks ago, Kevin Durant’s sitting there at dinner, telling him “Hey, I’m coming back, man. Don’t worry about it.” And now, Russell Westbrook has been kind of thrown into this in having to decide his future a summer earlier than expected," said Royce Young.

Westbrook can go back into free agency in 2018 by signing an extension with a player option.

"In some ways, (Westbrook) feels personally betrayed," added Young about the departure of Durant.

"Kevin Durant, more so than even that, was telling people, “Hey, yeah, I mean I’m coming back.” Like I said in there, a week before Kevin Durant sat down in the Hamptons, he was in Oklahoma City ready to make an offer on a multi-million-dollar house. So, the guy was pretty serious about coming back, and then things turned rather quickly for him to leave. And there’s no doubt the organization has felt a little bit burned by this."

If Westbrook doesn't sign an extension, Young expects the Thunder to strongly consider trading him before the start of the season.

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rudy Gay Denies Asking For Trade, Has No Idea On Direction Of Kings' Franchise

Jul 27, 2016 12:06 PM

Rudy Gay was asked about how he's handling reports the Sacramento Kings are looking to trade him this offseason.

"I mean it's been pretty loud as of late so it's hard not to pay attention to it," said Gay. "I think it just goes to, I don't know, I think there's always ways to do things and in this situation I don't think it's going about the right way. No matter what your intentions to do with your players, I would think the first thing you want to do is make sure people are happy with what you are doing. That hasn't been the case."

Gay hasn't had much communication with the franchise.

"No, I haven't. I've had communication, but not the kind of communication that I would say I like," Gay said.

Gay elaborated on hearing things through media reports instead of direct communication.

"You don't want to hear things on the internet, on Twitter. You would like to hear it from out of the horse's mouth. Just be upfront with people, that's all you have to do," Gay said.

Gay also denied that he's asked for a trade.

"No. I think people saw my disinterest, not disinterest, but I think people saw what went on this season and kind of went on that to say that I asked for a trade. I still feel like I had a lot more to give ... because of the structure of the team I wasn't able to give everything."

Gay also has no idea what the direction of the franchise is right now as they move into a new arena.

"I have no idea. I suit up and give it my all. That's all I can do in this situation, that's all you can do. Go out there and play as much as you can. Obviously, we don't have anything to really build on. We have a new coach. I think that's the only thing we can really build on. New coach and seeing how it plays out."

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Tags: Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers Exploring Sites For New Arena In Los Angeles

Jul 27, 2016 2:42 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are exploring sites for a new arena.

The Clippers' lease at Staples Center runs through 2024.

One area of interest for the Clippers is on the Westside of Los Angeles.

The Clippers are motivated to build a new arena to control their own destiny within a potentially bigger real estate project.

Kevin Arnovitz, Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA CBA

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Paul Pierce Planning On Playing In 16-17

Jul 27, 2016 1:36 PM

Paul Pierce is planning on returning to the Los Angeles Clippers for the 16-17 season, according to a source.

A second source says Pierce has yet to make a final decision and will wait a few more weeks.

Pierce signed a three-year, $10.6 million deal with the Clippers in 2015.

Pierce struggled at times during his first season with the Clippers after a successful season with the Washington Wizards in 14-15.

Broderick Turner/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Paul Pierce, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Maurice Harkless Agrees To Four-Year, $40M Deal With Blazers

Jul 26, 2016 5:55 PM

Moe Harkless has agreed upon a four-year, $40 million deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Harkless’ deal will be fully guaranteed with no options, but it could reach $42 million with incentives, sources said.

Harkless was a restricted free agent with the Blazers coming off averages of 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

The Blazers now have Harkless, Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Allen Crabbe and Meyers Leonard signed to long-term deals.

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Tags: Maurice Harkless, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic In No Rush To Pursue Trade Of Nikola Vucevic

Jul 26, 2016 2:07 PM

The Orlando Magic are in no rush to pursue a trade of Nikola Vucevic.

The Magic traded for Serge Ibaka while also signing Bismack Biyombo in free agency to create a logjam at the big positions.

Rob Hennigan, the team's GM, called Vucevic shortly after the Biyombo signing to reassure him, but also declined to promise Vucevic he would remain the starter, the two men say. 

Orlando has concerns that they may have a potential playmaking void that Vucevic could help alleviate. Vucevic is a quality post player and passer. Vucevic assisted on 16 percent of Orlando's baskets while on the floor last season.

With Vucevic, Ibaka and Biyombo combining for approximately 80 minutes per game, they would have 16 minutes for small ball with Aaron Gordon at power forward.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On: Summer League Prospect Review, Part 2

Jul 27, 2016 4:39 AM

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News on CJ McCollum's max extension, Dion Waiters to Miami, and Boston's signings.  Then we continue a massive prospect review of Summer League, starting in alphabetical order with Detroit through Washington, then pick our best and worst of summer league among the rookies and vets.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGM, The Athletic and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux). 

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Tags: NBA, NBA Summer League, Dunc'd On

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Amar'e Stoudemire Announces NBA Retirement

Jul 26, 2016 3:59 PM

Amar'e Stoudemire has announced his retirement from the NBA.

Stoudemire played for the Miami Heat last season.

Stoudemire was the ninth overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns and won Rookie of the Year.

Stoudemire was a six-time All-Star, enjoying his best seasons with the Suns and in his initial season with the New York Knicks.

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Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Victor Oladipo Looking For Max Extension From Thunder

Jul 26, 2016 2:41 PM

Victor Oladipo was traded by the Orlando Magic to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason just as he became eligible for an extension from his rookie deal.

Oladipo was the second overall pick in 2013 out of Indiana.

Oladipo is currently seeking an extension from the Thunder.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Victor Oladipo, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook 'Angry, Hurt' By Kevin Durant's Departure

Jul 26, 2016 11:44 AM

Since Kevin Durant announced he would sign with the Golden State Warriors, he hasn't spoken with Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook is reportedly "both angry and hurt not only by Durant's decision to leave but also because Durant didn't even call to tell him personally."

Westbrook thought Durant was going to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder and found out his decision online as did everyone else.

Westbrook can become a free agent in 2017.

Royce Young/ESPN

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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