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Kevin Durant Signs Endorsement Deal With Sonic

Kevin Durant has signed an endorsement deal with the fast-food drive-in chain Sonic.

"Everything that Kevin pitches comes from an authentic point of view," said Michael Yormark, president and chief of branding and strategy for Roc Nation, Jay Z's agency that represents Durant. "When it comes to grab-and-go food, KD's a Sonic guy."

An extra layer of motivation to forge the partnership comes from the fact that Sonic, which has 3,500 restaurants in 44 states, has its headquarters in Oklahoma City. It's the second deal that Durant has done this year with an Oklahoma City company.

Sonic is not an NBA partner nor a Thunder partner but expects to feature Durant heavily, especially during the playoffs.

Via Darren Rovell/ESPN

James Harden: Reggie Jackson Has To Get Money He's Earned

James Harden was traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder two years ago as he pursued a more lucrative contract extension, a position that the Thunder now face with Reggie Jackson.

“I went through the same thing,” Harden said about contract negotiations between Jackson and the Thunder. “Obviously, his is prolonged more. That’s (tougher). Credit to him. He’s handling it great. He’s been a great leader. Since he’s been on the court he’s been playing very good basketball, and he’s handling it the right way. I’m sure good things are going to happen for Reggie.”

Jackson has made it clear that he is hoping to receive a more prominent, starting role.

“I fell into the same situation, and that could have been my only contract And I’m sure Reggie feels the same way,” Harden said. “He has to get the money that he’s earned and that he’s worked his whole life for. It’s the nature of the business. It’s going to happen every single year and it’s going to continue to happen.

“I just said to him, keep going out there and hooping. Do what you’re doing; going out there, being aggressive and attacking, being the vocal leader that you are and everything will fall into place.”

Via Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Thunder Assign Grant Jerrett To D-League

The Oklahoma City Thunder have assigned Grant Jerrett to the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA D-League, the team announced on Saturday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Brooks: Tanking Isn't Something Thunder Will Consider

Scott Brooks flatly rejected Mark Cuban's suggestion that the Oklahoma City Thunder tank the season due to injuries to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

"I don't really pay much attention to other people's thoughts on our team," Brooks said. "I know what we're about; I know what our organization is about. Everybody has their opinion and they're entitled to that.

"Tanking is not something that we will consider. I don't think any team is focused on doing that. You're a pro team; you get paid to play and play as hard as you can."

Via Charles F. Garner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Anthony Morrow Plans To Make Season Debut Tuesday

After recovering from a sprained MCL, Anthony Morrow is a virtual lock to make his season debut for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, league sources told RealGM.

Morrow sprained left MCL late in training camp and was given a return timetable of four-to-six weeks.

Scott Brooks told reporters in Milwaukee on Tuesday morning that Morrow was questionable to play against the Bucks.

In six preseason games for the Thunder, Morrow averaged 15 points on 45 percent three-point shooting.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Dwight Buycks Receives Buyout From Valencia To Explore NBA

Dwight Buycks has reached a contract buyout agreement with Valencia BC in Spain, and the former Toronto Raptors guard is in discussions on a possible deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told RealGM.

Buycks was a young star in the Euroleague where he averaged 12 points, two rebounds, and two assists in three games, but the 25-year-old wanted to explore an NBA deal and become available on the free agent market.

In 14 appearances for the Raptors last season, Buycks averaged 3.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 10.4 minutes per game. Toronto waived Buycks in July.

After going undrafted out of Marquette in 2011, Buycks had a strong stint in the NBA D-League and was named MVP of the French Pro-A League over parts of two seasons. He then had a breakout Summer League in 2013 when he averaged 23 points, seven assists and five rebounds -- leading to a multi-year deal with Toronto.

In the summer, Buycks had another impressive July run for the Raptors, averaging 19.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the field and 33 percent from the three-point line.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Reggie Jackson Concerned With Perception From Teammates, Not Fans

Reggie Jackson and the Oklahoma City Thunder did not agree upon a new contract and he's said that he'll seek a starting role as a restricted free agent in the summer.

At a shootaround before the Thunder’s home opener last Saturday, Jackson even hinted that he might not call Oklahoma City home for much longer when he said he is “just trying to play my role while I’m here.”

Jackson was publicly criticized by Scott Brooks after his season debut for playing selfishly at times.

“I don’t play for the fans so I’m not worried,” Jackson said when asked to explain future moments that might be viewed as selfish. “As long as my teammates know that my heart’s in the right spot, that I’m trying to do everything I can to go out there and compete and help my teammates and that we’re all trying to rally and get a win, that’s all I care about. Some fans are going to cheer you on. Some fans aren’t going to do so. They’re going to criticize you. That’s how the world works. So I’m not really worried about it.”

Via Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

John Lucas III Receives Interest In NBA, China; Hoping For Stable Decision On Next Team

Free agent guard John Lucas III received interest from the Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies, but declined those potential opportunities due to their short-term nature and has focused on making a more long-term decision, league sources told RealGM.

The Thunder, Pacers and Grizzlies scoured the free-agent market for point guards after injury issues, and they contacted Lucas prior to deciding upon players this week. Lucas, who has been working out in Houston since his release from the Washington Wizards, also received proposals in the Chinese Basketball Association.

As a seven-year NBA veteran who carved an instant-offense role, Lucas had his most successful and potent stretch in 49 games for the Chicago Bulls in the 2011-12 season. Long considered a respected teammate in the locker room and prepared on the court, Lucas had four 20-point efforts that season — including a 24-point game in March 2012 against the Miami Heat.

Lucas is believed to be hoping to ultimately return to the Bulls on a deal later this season, league sources told RealGM. Chicago currently has 14 players on the roster.

“John has received interest from different teams, but to say he has declined any formal offers would be inaccurate,” Lucas’ agent, Bernie Lee, said when reached on Wednesday. “John is in a situation, after a crazy summer, of trying to make the right decision versus any decision, but he is willing to prove himself as requested. John owes a tremendous amount of his value in the NBA to the opportunity Chicago's front office gave him there initially. Over time, it's become clear that Gar Forman has a unique ability to find value in obscure places: He signed John out of China, and he might be the best in the NBA at this. In some ways John was at the beginning of this.

“I have not had a single conversation with Gar about John since John left. The different situations just haven't lined up. Gar has found various ways to replace the role John left, including this year, and John has been under contract since leaving. I do have every belief that John will resume his NBA career soon, but to date the only opportunities John has declined have been lucrative money offers with Jilin in China earlier in the year and Fujian on Wednesday.”

Lucas, 31, has spent the past two seasons with the Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz, signing multi-year NBA deals in 2012 and 2013. The 5-foot-11 product has scored 4.8 points and registered 1.4 assists per game in his career, and averaged 3.8 points and one assist in 42 appearances for Utah a season ago.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Ish Smith Plans To Sign With Thunder

Ish Smith underwent a physical exam in Oklahoma City on Wednesday and plans to sign with the Thunder.

The Thunder are expected to receive a hardship player exception in time to sign Smith for Friday's game.

Via Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Durant Could Delay Free Agency Until 2017 For Larger Max Contract

It is believed that Kevin Durant has already made it known to some people that his free agency decision in 2016 will come down to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards.

Some teams are optimistic that Durant will consider all options as a free agent.

Durant could also sign a one-year deal with the Thunder in 2016 to become a free agent in 2017 when he'll have 10 years of experience and be eligible for a larger max contract. Players can earn up to 35 percent of the cap after they have 10 years of experience, which is up from 30 percent.

Delaying his free agency until 2017 also gives Durant the opportunity to see what Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka decide to do.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Oklahoma City Thunder Archives

Durant: I Can Inspire D.C. Kids From Oklahoma

Kevin Durant will become a free agent in 2016 and has been liked to leaving the Thunder for the Wizards.

Thunder Contact Ish Smith

The Thunder have contacted Ish Smith, but they have not made a decision on a replacement guard.

Durant Admits Paul George's Injury Triggered Withdrawal From World Cup

At the time of the announcement, Kevin Durant claimed that Paul George's injury had nothing to do with his decision to withdraw.

Russell Westbrook Undergoes Surgery, Out At Least Four Weeks

Russell Westbrook fractured the second metacarpal in the hand.

Reggie Jackson Determined To Find Starting Job In Restricted Free Agency

Some teams believe Reggie Jackson could command a deal in the $13 million-$14 million-plus annual range.

Russell Westbrook Suffers Fracture In Hand

Russell Westbrook is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Gasol: Picking Bulls Over Spurs, Thunder Was Most Difficult Decision Of My Life

Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Bulls' opener against the Knicks.

Thunder Unlikely To Sign Reggie Jackson To Extension

The Thunder have typically not kept players on rookie contracts that didn't sign extensions.

Lance Thomas Makes Thunder's Season Roster As Jenkins, Zanna, Solomon Waived

Lance Thomas has been informed he will make the Thunder’s regular season, 15-man roster, league sources told RealGM on Friday.

Thunder Exercise Rookie Options On Adams, Roberson, Jones, Lamb

The Thunder exercised their third-year options on Steven Adams and Andre Roberson in addition to its fourth-year options on Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb

Thunder, Bucks Join 76ers In Opposing Lottery Reform

Sam Presti has attempted to warn other small-market executives that changing the system is a risky proposition for their franchises.

Kevin Durant Hopes For December Return, Won't Rush Recovery

Kevin Durant is expected to miss up to eight weeks and said he will not speed up his recovery timetable.

Thunder Seeing Improved Offense In Steven Adams

Steven Adams' production on offense was inconsistent and limited last season.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Kevin Durant Undergoes Surgery On Foot, Re-Evaluation Set For Six Weeks

The Thunder, Kevin Durant and his representatives jointly decided for surgery to be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson with Thunder medical personnel present.

Westbrook Has Played 94 Percent Of His Minutes With Durant Since 09-10

Scott Brooks hasn't staggered the minutes of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook during his tenure as head coach of the Thunder.

Adams Refutes Rep As Dirty Player, Claim He Baited Randolph Into Playoff Suspension

Steven Adams already has a reputation around the league as he enters his second NBA season.

Kevin Durant Expected To Miss 6-8 Weeks With Jones Fracture In Foot

Kevin Durant has suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

Durant Disagrees With Cuban On Non-Guaranteed Deals

Kevin Durant strongly dismissed the suggestion from Mark Cuban that the players exchange guaranteed money in the new collective bargaining agreement.

LeBron, Durant, Davis Named As GMs Top Picks To Build Franchise Around

The USA Today conducted an anonymous poll of 27 NBA executives on who would be their first pick if they were starting a team from scratch.
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