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Mitch McGary Out 2-3 Weeks With Inflammation In Tibia

Mitch McGary will miss the next 2-3 weeks with periostitis (inflammation) in his left tibia.

It's not expected to be a serious injury, but McGary's court activity will be lowered as a treatment.

McGary made his NBA debut on Sunday, scoring three points and grabbing four rebounds in six brief minutes against the Suns on Sunday.

Via 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.

"Excuse my language, but that's (expletive)," said Durant, who congratulated Bryant via text message after he surpassed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list on Sunday. "I want to play with a winner every single night, especially somebody who wants to win that bad, who works that hard, who demands a lot, who raises up your level. I'd want to play with a guy like that every day. ... (His style) may make people uncomfortable, how he acts and just how he approaches the game, but I love that type of stuff. I think (the accusation) is BS."

Durant was asked what he most admires about Bryant.

"Just his work ethic, just his demeanor man," Durant said. "He doesn't mind being an (expletive), and he comes to work man. He's intense. He demands a lot out of his teammates, and I've seen that just playing alongside him in the Olympics (in 2012). He demands a lot out of everybody. He makes them better. Everybody out on the court. You've got to respect that. As a player, I study guys like that. We might not have the same personality, but I think we approach the game the same way and I've learned a lot from just watching him."

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Sources: Thunder Inquire About Wilson Chandler

The Oklahoma City Thunder have inquired about the availability of Wilson Chandler, according to sources.

Chandler is averaging 14.7 points and 6.3 rebounds this season.

Via Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Thunder Already Just Three Games Out Of 8th Seed

The Oklahoma City Thunder are only three games back of the eighth seed in the Western Conference and are now 8-13 after a 3-12 start.

The Thunder could be in eighth place in the West as soon as Sunday if they win their next three and the Phoenix Suns lose their next two. The Thunder and Suns play each other on Sunday.

“We still got some time,” Kevin Durant said. “We’re still trying to work some things out. I’m sure a lot of people are expecting us to be back to playoff basketball right now, but we’re just like any other team just trying to continue to just build and keep getting better. It’s going to be tough spots but it’s also going to be some great days as well.”

Via Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Kevin Durant To Return From Injury Tonight

Kevin Durant will make his return to the Oklahoma City Thunder lineup on Tuesday at the New Orleans Pelicans.

Durant has been out to start the season after undergoing surgery on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture in mid-October. The typical recovery time is six to eight weeks for this type of injury.

Durant won the 2014 NBA MVP.

Doctors have told Durant that there's only a five percent chance of him breaking the foot again.

Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman reports Durant will be on a minute restriction around 30.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Kevin Durant Taking It Day By Day With Thunder

Kevin Durant said nine weeks ago that he does not pretend to have a crystal ball about his future -- in regard to his 2016 free agency or otherwise.

"I'm taking it day by day with the Oklahoma City Thunder," Durant said then. "That's my main concern."

Durant's return from a foot injury is expected to be soon.

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Russell Westbrook To Return Immediately

Russell Westbrook will return to the Oklahoma City Thunder lineup on Friday for their game against the New York Knicks.

Westbrook broke a bone in his right hand in the second game of the Thunder season.

Westbrook has been practicing and taking contact on the court in recent days.

The Thunder have won just four of their first 16 games without Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

Via AP

Thunder To Release Sebastian Telfair, Keep Ish Smith

The Oklahoma City Thunder will release Sebastian Telfair with their hardship exception expiring.

The Thunder need to get down to the 15-player maximum roster size.

Oklahoma City will instead keep Ish Smith.

Via Royce Young/ESPN

Thunder Want Serge Ibaka To Keep Shooting 3-4 Three-Pointers Per Game

Serge Ibaka has already tied a career-high for three-point makes and attempts in a season with 23 and 60 respectively.

Ibaka's three-point shooting is expected to continue for the Oklahoma City Thunder after Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

“I think it continues,” Scott Brooks said. “He doesn’t necessarily have to live out there and shoot 10 a game. But three or four a game is a good number for him.”

Ibaka is shooting a team-best 38.3 percent from 3-point range — the equivalent of an efficient 1.15 points per shot attempt (or a 57.5 percent 2-point shooter).

“He’s a great shooter,” Brooks said. “He’s not just a great big-man shooter.”

Via Anthony Slater/The Oklahoman

Westbrook, Durant Participate In Non-Contact Portion Of Practice

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant participated in practice Saturday, joining their Thunder teammates in select portions of non-contact drills.

Both are said to be progressing from their respective injuries on schedule.

“They looked good,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “They’ve been with the group the whole time, but (Saturday) was the first day they’ve actually participated in some of the drills. It wasn’t the entire practice.”

The Oklahoman reports that "there's a growing belief that Westbrook and Durant aren't far from returning."

The Oklahoma City Thunder could be targeting a Friday return for Westbrook, which would be the day before his originally scheduled evaluation date.

Durant could return soon thereafter as his original projection was Dec. 11.

Via Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Oklahoma City Thunder Archives

Kevin Durant Signs Endorsement Deal With Sonic

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

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

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

Thunder Assign Grant Jerrett To D-League

The Thunder have assigned Grant Jerrett to the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA D-League.

Brooks: Tanking Isn't Something Thunder Will Consider

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

Anthony Morrow Plans To Make Season Debut Tuesday

Anthony Morrow is a virtual lock to make his season debut for the Thunder on Tuesday night in Milwaukee, league sources told RealGM.

Dwight Buycks Receives Buyout From Valencia To Explore NBA

Dwight Buycks is in discussions on a possible deal with the Thunder and Lakers, league sources told RealGM.

Reggie Jackson Concerned With Perception From Teammates, Not Fans

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

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

John Lucas III received interest from the Thunder, Pacers and Grizzlies.

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.

Durant Could Delay Free Agency Until 2017 For Larger Max Contract

Kevin Durant could earn up to 35 percent of the cap if he were to become a free agent in 2017.

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 Thunderís 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
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