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Waiters Unconcerned He Didn't Receive Goodbye Message From LeBron

Jan 25, 2015 12:30 AM

Dion Waiters said he has only spoken to Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson among former Cleveland Cavaliers teammates since his trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Waiters added LeBron James has yet to text or call him since the deal.

"Man, he had his chance to reach out," Waiters said. "I'm not losing any sleep.

"I'm blessed because I went from a great organization to another great organization where I know I can learn to become a better player."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Dion Waiters, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion

Jan 21, 2015 11:15 AM

The average NBA franchise valuation is now a record $1.1 billion.

There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the way at $2.6 billion, up 93% over last year. 

The value of the New York Knicks shot up 79% to $2.5 billion, ranking the team second overall.

Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion).

6. Brooklyn Nets: $1.5 billion
7. Golden State Warriors: $1.3 billion
8. Houston Rockets: $1.25 billion
9. Miami Heat: $1.175 billion
10. Dallas Mavericks: $1.15 billion
11. San Antonio Spurs: $1 billion
12. Portland Trail Blazers: $940 million
13. Oklahoma City Thunder: $930 million
14. Toronto Raptors: $920 million
15. Cleveland Cavaliers: $915 million
16. Phoenix Suns: $910 million
17. Washington Wizards: $900 million
18. Orlando Magic: $875 million
19. Denver Nuggets: $855 million
20. Utah Jazz: $850 million
21. Indiana Pacers: $830 million
22. Atlanta Hawks: $825 million
23. Detroit Pistons: $810 million
24. Sacramento Kings: $800 million
25. Memphis Grizzlies: $750 million
26. Charlotte Hornets: $725 million
27. Philadelphia 76ers: $700 million
28. New Orleans Pelicans: $650 million
29. Minnesota Timberwolves: $625 million
30. Milwaukee Bucks: $600 million

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Brook Lopez Expected To Exercise $16.7M Option For 15-16

Jan 21, 2015 11:08 AM

Brook Lopez has a $16.7 million player option for the 15-16 season and most executives around the NBA expect him to exercise it.

Lopez figures to receive a lower annual amount in his next contract.

The Brooklyn Nets have held trade talks with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a trade centered upon Lopez.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dion Waiters Treated 'With Love' By Thunder, Gets To Touch The Ball

Jan 20, 2015 4:50 PM

Dion Waiters was averaging 14.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game over his first five with the Oklahoma City Thunder before Tuesday's game.

“They brought me in since Day One with love,” Waiters said. “It seems like I’ve been here forever. It seems like I’ve been playing with them forever, too. When I came here, we clicked right away.”

Waiters was in and out of the Cleveland Cavaliers starting lineup during his first two NBA seasons and then became an afterthought with the arrival of LeBron James and Kevin Love.

“Listen, they give me the ball," said Waiters. "Like, I touch the ball. Like, I actually, like, you know, touch the ball.”

Waiters is given more freedom with the Thunder.

“I’m able to feel the game out, knowing when to take the shot, when not to,” Waiters said. “Like I said, we got a great group of guys on this team who’s very unselfish and they want you to be successful. So I think I came into a great situation.”

 

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

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Reggie Jackson Doesn't Think NBA Likes To Hear Players Say 'It's A Business'

Jan 20, 2015 12:26 PM

Reggie Jackson and the Oklahoma City Thunder were unable to agree upon an extension before the Oct. 31 deadline, meaning he'll be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Jackson was looking for a contract close to Eric Bledsoe's five-year, $70 million deal with the Phoenix Suns, while the Thunder were offering something closer to Kemba Walker's four-year, $48 million deal.

"My ultimate goal is always to win a championship ... (but) whatever is the next move is the next move," Jackson told USA TODAY Sports. "I'm just going to be here and be the best player I can be, day in and day out. When I go on the court I hope it shows. I want to compete at the highest level, always trying to get better. But if you have to move, it is what it is.

"It's funny. I don't think the league likes to hear when players say that we understand it's a business, but for (general managers) and owners they get to throw that card around. Like I said, I always understand that it's a possibility, but I just enjoy playing the game."

Jackson would like to start and also to do so for a winning team.

Sam Amick/USA Today

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Russell Westbrook Treating Interviews In Similar Style As Marshawn Lynch

Jan 17, 2015 3:45 PM

Russell Westbrook has grown tired of dealing with the media and appears to be adopting a similar interview style as Marshawn Lynch.

Westbrook had recently been short with his answers following losses or under frurstraing circumstances, but he took the same approach after a big win by the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Golden State Warriors.

Here’s the transcript:

That second quarter run, why did that change the game?

Execution. Thought we did a good job of executing.

Down the stretch, you and Serge seemed to be in a really great rhythm. What allowed you to be so successful?

Did a good job of execution.

(Question about their small lineup)

It’s good.

Eight assists in fourth quarter. What did you see from them defensively that allowed that?

We did a good job of executing

(From Berry Tramel) Are you upset with something?

Nah. I just don’t like you.

You don’t?

No.

You don’t like Nick (Gallo, Thunder reporter) either?

I love Nick. I don’t like you.

Well you gave us about the same answers.

Yeah. You got another question?

Played a great game. One of your better ones. Is this one of the better ones you can think of in your career?

Good execution.

Seemed like you played with a sense of urgency tonight. Has that been lacking in the past?

Did a good job of executing tonight.

Career-high 17 assists. How do you feel?

Good job of executing tonight.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

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Durant: I Like What We Have In Here, Low Post Scoring Not Our Problem

Jan 16, 2015 7:29 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder were working towards a Brook Lopez trade this week before the Brooklyn Nets decided to keep him for now.

Kevin Durant was asked if he believes the Thunder need more post scoring.

"We put up a lot of points," said Durant. "That's what we do. No matter where it comes from, we score a lot. Adding a good player to your team always helps, but I like what have in here. We put up points. That's not our problem."

The Thunder would have traded away Kendrick Perkins as part of the deal for Lopez.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Kevin Durant, Brook Lopez, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Quincy Miller Meeting With Pacers, Hawks, Thunder, Spurs

Jan 16, 2015 5:17 PM

Quincy Miller is scheduling meetings with the Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs as the D-League Showcase, league sources tell RealGM

Miller is currently playing with the Reno Bighorns.

Shams Charania/RealGM

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Nets Decide To Keep Brook Lopez For Now

Jan 16, 2015 2:17 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have ceased trade talks involving Brook Lopez.

The Nets had discussed both two-team and three-team trades with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"Standing pat at this time," one Nets source told Yahoo Sports. "There was nothing we liked."

The Nets backed away from the idea of simply moving Lopez on a salary dump, without the ability to bring back value on his talent, league sources said.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Nets, Thunder Progressing On Brook Lopez For Perkins, Lamb Trade

Jan 16, 2015 10:33 AM

The Brooklyn Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder are engaged in two-team trade talks involving Brook Lopez.

Three-team talks with the Charlotte Hornets that would have sent Lance Stephenson to Brooklyn are dead.

The main piece that would go to the Nets in the deal with the Thunder is the expiring contract of Kendrick Perkins.

Lopez has a player option for the 15-16 season worth $16.7 million. Lopez could seek a long-term deal this offseason is he finishes the season healthy and productive.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports the deal would also include Jeremy Lamb.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

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Nets Put Lopez, Stephenson Talks On Hold
The Nets pulled back from three-team talks involving Brook Lopez and Lance Stephenson on Friday.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Thunder, Nets, Hornets Discuss Three-Team Brook Lopez, Stephenson Deal
Brook Lopez would go to the Thunder under the discussed trade, while Lance Stephenson would be dealt to the Nets.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Thunder Told Waiters Not To Wear Harden's No. 13
Dion Waiters could not wear Nos. 1 or 3 when he joined the Thunder via trade, so he decided to wear No. 13.

Berry Tramel/The Oklahoman

Knicks Likely To Make Another Run At Reggie Jackson
The Thunder have been adamant about keeping Reggie Jackson, who will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Durant To Make Waiters Feel Wanted, Hopes He Develops Into Harden-Like Bench Scorer
Kevin Durant believes Dion Waiters could give the Thunder a similar offensive punch off the bench as what James Harden once provided.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Thunder, Nets Recently Discussed Brook Lopez Trade
Under the discussed deal, the Thunder would have sent Kendrick Perkins, Perry Jones III and Lance Thomas to the Nets for Brook Lopez.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Dion Waiters Traded To Thunder, Cavs Acquire Shumpert, J.R. Smith
Dion Waiters has been traded to the Thunder, while J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert are now Cavaliers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Durant, Jeff Teague Named NBA Players Of Week
Kevin Durant helped the Thunder to a 2-0 week.

RealGM Staff Report

Serge Ibaka Continues To Refrain From Complaining About Lack Of 4th Quarter Looks
Serge Ibaka continues to not get very many looks on offense in the fourth quarter, averaging only 3.4 points on just 2.6 shot attempts.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Durant Close To Return After First Full Practice Since Injury
Kevin Durant could return in the next Oklahoma City game.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Oklahoma City Blue Acquire Reggie Williams
Reggie Williams previously played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and its D-League affiliate.

RealGM Staff Report

Durant Supports Westbrook's Late Game Decision-Making
Russell Westbrook has been carrying the Thunder offense with Durant sidelined.

Kevin Arnovitz/ESPN

Kevin Durant Out With Ankle Injury
Kevin Durant's ankle is not well enough to allow him to play on Christmas Day.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Kevin Durant Sits Again, Remains Day-To-Day With Sprained Ankle
Kevin Durant's ankle is reportedly feeling better, but the swelling and soreness apparently hadnít subsided enough for him to return to action.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Kevin Durant Sprains Ankle, X-Rays Negative
Kevin Durant stepped on Marreese Speights' foot and rolled his ankle while driving to the basket.

Royce Young/ESPN

Mitch McGary Out 2-3 Weeks With Inflammation In Tibia
Mitch McGary's court activity will be lowered as a treatment.

Anthony Slater/The Oklahoman

Durant Strongly Refutes Notion Players Don't Want To Play With Kobe
Kevin Durant refuted the notion that players around the NBA don't want to play with Kobe Bryant.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Sources: Thunder Inquire About Wilson Chandler
Wilson Chandler is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Thunder Already Just Three Games Out Of 8th Seed
The Thunder could be in eighth place in the West as soon as Sunday if they win their next three and the Suns lose their next two.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Kevin Durant To Return From Injury Tonight
Kevin Durant has been out to start the season after undergoing surgery on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture in mid-October.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN