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Thunder Signing Talib Zanna On Non-Guaranteed Deal

Aug 28, 2015 4:49 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with free agent forward Talib Zanna, league sources told RealGM.

Zanna spent last season with the OKC Blue in the NBA D-League, averaging 13.3 points, 11 rebounds and 60 percent field-goal shooting in 50 games. Zanna joins Dez Wells as training camp invites to the Thunder.

Zanna played for the Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers in the July summer leagues.

A 6-foot-9 big man, Zanna went undrafted out of Pittsburgh in the 2014 NBA draft.

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Dez Wells, Thunder Agree To Undrafted Free Agent Deal

Aug 14, 2015 8:02 PM

Undrafted Maryland guard Dez Wells has reached agreement on a free-agent contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told RealGM.

Wells had a standout career at Maryland, increasing his points and rebounds per game for averages of 15.1 points and 5.3 rebounds as a senior. The 6-foot-5 swingman transferred out of Xavier in 2012.

After going unselected in June, Wells committed to the Washington Wizards for the Las Vegas summer league, but had to sit due to a thumb injury.

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Kevin Durant Had Crack In Bone Prior To Surgery

Aug 14, 2015 11:05 AM

Kevin Durant elected to undergo a third surgery on his right foot on March 31st to end his 14-15 season when they found severe damage.

"It had a crack in it," Durant said.   

Durant also confirmed the extensive measures taken in that last surgery to give him the greatest chance to widen the bone and avoid his foot faltering again.

Durant used a controversial bone-graft material that is not FDA approved for use in the foot to promote greater bone growth this time. It mandated a longer recovery time in part because of an additional procedure to protect against overgrowth of bone.

"They stuffed some bone-graft thing in, and they pasted over the top of the area. That healed up in a couple of weeks," Durant said. "But then they stuck something else in there just to smooth it out and make sure it was thick. They did a lot."

It was surprising that Durant suffered a fracture again after he had been healing.

"I got like an extra layer of bone on the side of my foot that they put in there," he said. "That's why it took longer to heal. Keep it firm. I could've gone another route with surgery. That was the longest, and that was the safest."


Robert Klapper, a Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon who was not involved in Durant's case, equated the steps taken in Durant's third surgery to "putting a belt on his pants—and suspenders."

Klapper said that after a year of healing, the fifth metatarsal in Durant's right foot should have greater integrity than ever before.

"There is no reason why Kevin Durant should not be like the Lopez twins (Brook and Robin), Pau Gasol, Michael Jordan and many other folks who've had metatarsal fractures and gone back and played and never had a problem again," Klapper said. "The data supports that he should come back stronger and should never have a problem with this again.

"That's the answer that you have to give. But nobody knows for sure."

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kevin Durant: I'm The Best Player In The World

Aug 13, 2015 11:38 AM

Kevin Durant was at Team USA's practice on Wednesday as he attempts his comeback.

"No disrespect to anyone else, but I feel like I'm the best player in the world," said Durant.

Durant won the NBA MVP in 2014 and struggled with injuring in 14-15.

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Durant, Carmelo To Practice With Team USA

Aug 11, 2015 4:55 AM

Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are scheduled to make their first steps towards their comebacks from injury during the opening day of USA Basketball workouts.

Durant played only 27 games last season because of a fractured foot.


Anthony will participate in light, non contact practices.

Durant and Anthony are among the stars who were initially earmarked to report to the three-day minicamp solely to satisfy USAB's mandatory attendance requirement in Vegas to remain eligible for the 2016 Olympic team.

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Thunder To Open Season Schedule Against Spurs

Aug 10, 2015 2:18 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder will open the 2015-16 season against LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs.

It will mark the second time in four seasons that OKC has opened its season against the Spurs.

The Thunder lost to the Spurs by two in San Antonio to start the 2012-13 season.

Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

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Josh Huestis Signs Four-Year Rookie Deal With Thunder

Jul 30, 2015 6:02 PM

Josh Huestis, the 29th overall selection in the 2014 NBA draft, has signed a four-year, rookie scale contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told RealGM.

Huestis became the first domestic draft-and-stash a year ago out of Stanford University, agreeing to be the Thunder selection and placed into their D-League affiliate for one season. Huestis was in Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon to sign his deal, which contains two guaranteed seasons and two option years.

Oklahoma City now stands at 15 guaranteed contracts on the roster.

In 44 games for the OKC Blue, Huestis averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He spent the majority of the season sharpening his ability to be a three-point shooting, defensive wing for the Thunder in 2015-16.

Huestis showed activity on both ends of the floor during the Orlando summer league in 2014, averaging eight points and 2.3 rebounds in 19.7 minutes over four games. The 6-foot-7 forward sat out summer league this year due to a torn pectoral injury.

Huestis, 23, had a standout career at Stanford, scoring 11.2 points and grabbing 8.2 rebounds per game as a senior.

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Grizzlies, Thunder, Mavs Expected To Pursue Mike Miller

Jul 26, 2015 11:11 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks are expected to pursue Mike Miller.

Miller was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Portland Trail Blazers and he'll be waived.

The Cavs' trade of Miller "was right thing to do" according to a LeBron James' source. Miller was previously waived by the Miami Heat in a tax-savings move that angered James.

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Durant, Westbrook Organize L.A. Workouts With Several Teammates, Donovan

Jul 21, 2015 8:19 PM

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook worked out together on UCLA's campus on Monday with Billy Donovan in attendance. Durant and Westbrook went through individual shooting and skill drills.

On Tuesday, the trio were joined by several teammates and support staff.

Among those confirmed in attendance: Durant, Westbrook, Donovan, Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison, Steven Adams, Anthony Morrow, Dion Waiters, Kyle Singler, D.J. Augustin, rookie Cameron Payne, assistant coach Monty Williams and Blue coach Royal Ivey.


Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka organized the voluntary workouts.

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Celtics Acquire Perry Jones From Thunder

Jul 14, 2015 2:32 PM

The Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed upon a trade involving Perry Jones III.

The Thunder will save approximately $7 million on the luxury tax by unloading Jones.

Jones was the 28th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Baylor and has a career PER of 8.5 in 1,675 career minutes.

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Most Execs Expect Kevin Durant To Re-Sign With Thunder In 2016
Kevin Durant will become a free agent in 2016 and most league executives informally polled at Summer League by Ken Berger expect him to re-sign.

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Thunder Likely To Shop Steve Novak, Perry Jones III
The Thunder currently are on pace to have a $24 million luxury tax payment at the end of next season.

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Thunder Match Enes Kanter's Offer Sheet With Blazers
Enes Kanter signed a maximum-level four-year deal with a player option on the fourth year with the Blazers worth $70 million.

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Enes Kanter Signs Four-Year, $70M Offer Sheet With Blazers
Oklahoma City has been expected to match any offer sheet Enes Kanter signs with a rival team.

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Reggie Jackson, Pistons Agree Upon Five-Year, $80M Deal
Reggie Jackson had previously turned down a four-year, $48 million extension from the Thunder.

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Durant On Aldridge: You've Got To Focus On You At This Point Of Your Career
Kevin Durant himself will be a free agent in 2016 for the first time in his career.

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Kyle Singler, Thunder Agree Upon Five-Year, $25M Deal
Kyle Singler was a restricted free agent.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Exec Expects Westbrook, Harden To Join Forces With Lakers
Russell Westbrook is not eligible to become a free agent until 2016, while James Harden isn't a free agent until 2018.

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Enes Kanter, Thunder Set Meeting To Discuss 3-4 Year Deal In Early Window
The Thunder and Enes Kanter are expected to discuss three- and four-year contract sheets, sources told RealGM's Shams Charania.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Offseason Previews Of Thunder, Raptors, Celtics, Jazz, Rockets
Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux preview the upcoming offseason for the Thunder, Raptors, Celtics, Jazz and Rockets.

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Kevin Durant Could Earn Additional $40M By Reentering Free Agency In 2017
Kevin Durant could earn $40 million in additional salary if he signs a one-year deal in 2016 to reenter free agency in 2017.

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Luke Ridnour Traded By Thunder To Raptors
Luke Ridnour has also been traded this offseason by the Magic, Grizzlies and Hornets.

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Cameron Payne Sees Fit With Thunder, Will Do Whatever Asked Of Him
Cameron Payne was taken by a team that should contend for a championship next season, but may not get much of a chance to showcase his playmaking skills early on.

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Jeremy Lamb Traded To Hornets For Luke Ridnour
Jeremy Lamb will get a fresh start with the Hornets.

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Jeremy Lamb To Be Traded To Hornets
Hornets will acquire Jeremy Lamb from the Thunder involving the contract of Matt Barnes.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Thunder Shopping Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb, Steve Novak
While the Thunder are financially motivated in their attempts to move a combination of those players, they are also looking for a draft pick.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Maurice Cheeks Considered Strong Candidate For Thunder Assistant Job
Maurice Cheeks has been off the sidelines since his brief stint as head coach of the Pistons in 13-14.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Monty Williams Agrees To Join Thunder As Assistant Coach
The securement of Monty Williams stands as the first significant coup of Billy Donovan's regime.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Cameron Payne May Have Promise From Thunder At No. 14
Cameron Payne of Murray State has become a player moving up the draft boards of teams rapidly since declaring for the NBA Draft.

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Pelicans Hoping To Hire Robert Pack
Robert Pack is unlikely to be retained with the Thunder under Scott Brooks.

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