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Thunder Exercise $1.5M Team Option On Jerami Grant

Jun 28, 2017 12:19 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have exercised their $1.5 million team option on Jerami Grant.

The Thunder could have declined Grant's option and he would have become a restricted free agent. Grant will become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

The Thunder acquired Grant from the Philadelphia 76ers for Ersan Ilyasova and a future first round pick (top-20 protected) at the start of the 16-17 season.

Grant averaged 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game in his third NBA season.

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Tags: Jerami Grant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook Doesn't Comment On Potential Extension With Thunder

Jun 27, 2017 1:03 AM

Following his win of Most Valuable Player of the 16-17 regular season, Russell Westbrook was asked whether he's ready to commit to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Westbrook can sign a supermax contract beginning on July 1st.

"Man, tonight is so important for me, and obviously with the contract and stuff coming up, it's not really on my mind at the moment honestly," said Westbrook. "I'm just overwhelmed with a tremendous amount of blessings I've been able to get to be able to get this award. Man, I'm just thinking about tonight, and then after that, I'll move on."

If Westbrook doesn't agree upon an extension, the Thunder are expected to explore their trade options.

Westbrook signed an extension last summer that committed one additional season to the Thunder.

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Russell Westbrook Named Most Valuable Player

Jun 26, 2017 11:08 PM

Russell Westbrook has been named the 16-17 NBA Most Valuable Player.

James Harden and Kawhi Leonard were the other finalists for the award.

Westbrook joins Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose and Dirk Nowitzki as active players who have won MVP.

Westbrook averaged a triple double for the season and also led the NBA in PER.

Results
1. Russell Westbrook: 888 points (69 first place votes)
2. James Harden: 753 points (22 first place votes)
3. Kawhi Leonard: 500 points (9 first place votes)
4. LeBron James: 333 points (1 first place vote)
5. Isaiah Thomas: 81 points
6. Stephen Curry: 52 points
7. John Wall: 7 points
8. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 7 points
9. Anthony Davis: 2 points
10. Kevin Durant: 2 points
11. DeMar DeRozan: 1 point

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Thunder Tender Qualifying Offer To Andre Roberson

Jun 26, 2017 4:03 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have tendered a qualifying offer to Andre Roberson, making him a restricted free agent.

Roberson's qualifying offer is worth approximately $4.59 million.

Roberson, who was the 26th overall pick in 2013, became a starter in his second season. Roberson has since become one of the NBA's best wing defenders, though his perimeter shooting is a problematic part of his game.

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Thunder Sign Rashawn Thomas To Partially Guaranteed Deal

Jun 26, 2017 11:13 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to sign Rashawn Thomas to a partially guaranteed deal.

Thomas declined multiple offers from teams in Europe.

Thomas averaged 22.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 blocks per game as a senior at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Thomas was an All-Southland First Team selection in 2016 and 2017.

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Tags: Rashawn Thomas, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant Wears Hat With Ring On Top Of Cupcake (Photo)

Jun 24, 2017 7:09 PM

Kevin Durant was spotted at JaVale McGee's charity softball game wearing a hat featuring a cupcake with a ring on top of it. When Durant signed with the Warriors on July 4th, 2016, Russell Westbrook posted a photo of cupcakes on Instagram, which was an inside joke he and Durant had with former teammate Kendrick Perkins.

Durant first wore the hat while taping the Bill Simmons Podcast on the day after the Warriors won the 2017 NBA championship.

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Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Suns, Kings Thunder Have Discussed Kristaps Porzingis Trade

Jun 21, 2017 11:18 PM

The New York have discussed Kristaps Porzingis trade scenarios with each of the teams in the top-5 of the lottery as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings comprise the top-5.

The Suns have had recent conversations with the Knicks on Porzingis, while New York has also had substantive talks with at least two other teams.

The Knicks would like to target Josh Jackson if they do move up.

Phil Jackson expressed in an MSG interview that he's still disappointed that Porzingis skipping his exit meeting.

"I don't think I've ever had a player over 25 years of coaching not coming to an exit meeting, so it hasn't happened to me,'' Jackson said. "It happens to other people and other players. His brother and his agent have downplayed it, but still it's a chance for a person to express themselves. I had a real good relationship with Kristaps over the last two years. It was kind of surprising.''

In 2004, Shaquille O'Neal skipped his exit meeting with the Jackson-coached Lakers.

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Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Finals TV Ratings In Oklahoma City Were Down Despite Kevin Durant

Jun 14, 2017 1:58 PM

When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to play for the Miami Heat, ratings jumped in Northeast Ohio when he was in The Finals.

Cleveland was the fifth highest market at 18.1 rating after the first three games.

With Kevin Durant in The Finals as a member of the Golden State Warriors, one would have guessed his old fans in Oklahoma City would have tuned in to either root against him or for him. But ratings in Oklahoma City for the 2017 Finals dropped compared to 2016.

Oklahoma City averaged a 10.5 rating for The Finals, according to data provided by ESPN to RealGM. Last season, Oklahoma City averaged a 13.2 rating for the series and 11.9 for the first five games.

Nationwide, ratings for the 2017 Finals were the highest they've been since 1998 for Michael Jordan's final title with the Bulls. Atlanta, Miami, Memphis, Los Angeles, Chicago and Richmond had the highest ratings outside of the local markets for Golden State and Cleveland. The rating for Game 5 in Miami and Memphis, for example, were over 20.0.

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Turkey Issues Arrest Warrant For Enes Kanter

May 27, 2017 12:10 PM

Turkey has issued an arrest warrant for Enes Kanter, accusing him of being a member of a "terror group."

A judge issued the arrest warrant after an Istanbul prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter's alleged "membership of an armed terrorist organisation", Sabah daily reported.

Kanter previously backed Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in Twitter postings after an attempted putsch last July aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Kanter has compared Erdogan to Adolf Hitler and was detained in Romania at the weekend after being informed that his Turkish passport had been cancelled

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Westbrook, Harden, Wall Join Curry In Eligibility For DPVE In 2017

May 18, 2017 2:31 PM

Russell Westbrook, James Harden, John Wall and Stephen Curry will be eligible for the Designated Player Veteran Extension in July.

All four players were named to the All-NBA Teams for the 16-17 season.

Curry can sign the supermax contract as a free agent. Curry was already eligible for the contract due to winning MVP in two of the past three seasons.

Paul George and Gordon Hayward are not eligible for the rule.

Kawhi Leonard is now eligible to sign the Designated Player Veteran Extension in 2018.

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Tags: John Wall, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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RealGM Radio: Royce Young On The Thunder
Danny Leroux and Royce Young go in-depth on the Thunder.

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Thunder Considering Stretch Provision For Kyle Singler
Oklahoma City would create $3.3 million in cap room for 17-18 and $3.6 million for 18-19.

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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook Back On Speaking Terms
Kendrick Perkins added that Kevin Durant could eventually return to the Thunder.

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Troy Weaver Considered Candidate For Hawks' President Job
Mike Budenholzer has stepped down as president of basketball operations of the Hawks and the franchise is looking for his replacement as the ultimate decision maker.

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Thunder Hoping To Find 'Common Ground' With Andre Roberson
Sam Presti said another team's offer sheet "decreases the chances" of re-signing a free agent.

Brett Dawson/Oklahoman

Thunder 'Hopeful' Of Signing Russell Westbrook To Supermax Extension
If Russell Westbrook doesn't sign an extension this summer, Sam Presti says he hasn't considered whether they would trade him.

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Thunder Intend To Keep Andre Roberson
While Andre Roberson is a liability on offense, he has developed into a very good defensive player.

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Russell Westbrook Hasn't Thought About Extension But 'Loves' Being With Thunder
Russell Westbrook can sign a five-year extension this offseason with the Thunder worth more than $200 million.

Ryan Aber/Oklahoman

Russell Westbrook Has Never Complained About Teammates To Front Office
Russell Westbrook prefers to stay out of most front office affairs.

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Thunder Complete 2nd Straight 'Season Of Discovery'
Sam Presti called both 15-16 and 16-17 a "season of discovery" for the Thunder.

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Thunder Were +5 In Series When Both Westbrook, Harden Were On Floor
The Thunder were +15 when Russell Westbrook was on the floor and -58 with him on the bench in their five-game series

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Russell Westbrook: Don't Try To Split Us Up
The Thunder have struggled in their series against the Rockets whenever Russell Westbrook has been off the floor.

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NBA Reviewing Incident Between Patrick Beverley, Son Of Thunder Minority Owner
Patrick Beverley got knocked down after attempting a layup and landed at a fan's feet, identified as Stuart Scaramucci.

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Russell Westbrook Fined $15,000 For Inappropriate Language After Game 2
Russell Westbrook has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for using inappropriate language during his postgame press conference after Game 2.

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Russell Westbrook Shattering Usage Rate Record In Playoffs
Russell Westbrook's usage rate of 52.0 is shattering all prior marks with Michael Jordan's mark in 1986 of 39.3 being the next closest.

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Russell Westbrook Claims To Not Care About 51/10/13 Line After Game 2 Loss
Russell Westbrook went 4-for-18 in the fourth quarter.

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Daryl Morey Subtweets Russell Westbrook On Rebounds
Daryl Morey appeared to subtweet Russell Westbrook when replying to a Tweet by Matt Bullard about how Hakeem Olajuwon made it clear that he wanted every available rebound.

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Thunder Never Considered Russell Westbrook Trade While Waiting For Extension Decision
Russell Westbrook would have been eligible for free agency in 2017 had he not signed an extension.

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Russell Westbrook To Sit For First Time In 16-17
Billy Donovan said Russell Westbrook ultimately made the decision to rest after discussing the issue with the coaching and medical staffs.

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Paul George, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Week
Paul George paced the East in scoring (31.7 ppg) and tied for seventh in rebounding (9.0 rpg) while shooting 57.4 percent from the field as the Pacers went 3-0 for the week.

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