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

The Oklahoma City 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, the team announced Wednesday.

During his rookie season with Oklahoma City, Adams appeared in 81 games (20 starts) and averaged 3.3 points, 4.1 rebounds (ninth among NBA Rookies) and 14.8 minutes while being named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

In one season with the Thunder, Roberson appeared in 40 games (16 starts) and averaged 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per game.

Over two seasons with Oklahoma City, Jones has appeared in 100 games (eight starts) and averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game.

In two seasons with the Thunder, Lamb has appeared in 101 games and averaged 7.3 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Thunder, Bucks Join 76ers In Opposing Lottery Reform

The Oklahoma City Thunder have joined the Philadelphia 76ers in opposing the NBA's proposed changes to the draft lottery system, according to a report from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports that the Milwaukee Bucks will also oppose the proposal.

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

Uner the proposed new system, the worst four teams have a 12 percent chance at the first pick, No. 5 has an 11.5 percent chance, No. 6, 10 percent, and on down.

The changes have been triggered by a response to the 76ers' pursuit of high draft picks in successive seasons.

Presti's belief is that the changes would give big market teams another advantage.

"Everyone is too focused on Philly, on one team in one situation," said one sympathetic GM. "The only chance for a lot of teams to ever get a transformational player is through the draft, and eventually we are all going to be in the lottery, in that spot. The teams that'll drop from two to eight, or three to nine – that's just going to take the air out of those fan bases and franchises. They'll get little, if any chance, to improve.

"We are going to see more big-market teams who just missed the playoffs jump up and get a great young player at the top of the draft. And people are going to go "What the [expletive] just happened?"

The 76ers and Thunder need six more teams to join them in opposing the rule change before Wednesday's vote.

As one Western Conference GM said, "Then there will be no going back. I hope we know what we're doing with this one."

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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

Kevin Durant discussed the Jones fracture in his left foot, which required surgery, for the first time Tuesday.

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

"Nah, I’m not going to rush it at all," Durant said. "That’s one thing I’m not going to do. I’m sure I’ll feeI better in two or three weeks, but I definitely don’t want to rush it. So I’m taking my time with it. Blessed that it happened early in the season so I can get passed it and hopefully by December I’ll be ready to play."

Durant added his body has normally bounced back quickly from previous injuries.

"Pretty quick. I’ve never had surgery before, first thing. I don’t really know what to expect, but I know I’ll make a full recovery."

Via Anthony Slater/The Oklahoman

Thunder Seeing Improved Offense In Steven Adams

Steven Adams returned to the Oklahoma City Thunder this season as a much improved offensive player.

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

“I think he’s just settling down,” Kevin Durant said. “Getting more comfortable.”

“I thought he made a leap last year in the playoffs,” Russell Westbrook said. “I think that’s when the leap started. If you kind of watch the games and see the different things he was doing in the playoffs, you could tell it was going to lead into the summertime and now into the preseason and now to the regular season.”

Via Anthony Slater/The Oklahoman

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

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

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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

Kevin Durant underwent successful surgery today to address a Jones fracture in his right foot.

The Thunder, Durant and his representatives jointly decided for surgery to be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson with Thunder medical personnel present at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Clinic in Charlotte, NC. Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks, at which time a further update will be provided.

The 2013-14 NBA MVP appeared in two games during the 2014-15 preseason, averaging 11.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.50 steals in 15.0 minutes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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 Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant will miss several weeks to begin the 14-15 season due to a foot fracture.

Westbrook has played 94 percent of his minutes over the past five seasons with Durant also on the floor.

Via Tom Ziller/SB Nation

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

Zach Randolph insinuated that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Steven Adams baited him into a suspension in last season's first round playoff series.

Adams already has a reputation around the league as he enters his second NBA season. Some say he is a dirty player.

Randolph was suspended one game for throwing a punch toward Adams in Game 6 of the Thunder's series with the Memphis Grizzlies.

“I mean, seven players have gotten suspended because of him. You've got to look into that,” Randolph said. “Why are players getting into it with this particular guy?

“Honestly, I feel like that was his whole plan and I fell for it. I take responsibility. I’m too old for that...to get me off of my game and I went for it. It bothered me all summer. That was their plan.”

Adams shot down Randolph's claim on Tuesday.

“No, not at all,” Adams said. "I was just playing hard. I mean, it’s unfortunate that it happened. Honestly, I was just focusing on the game.”

“I probably just say aggressive,” Adams added, when asked how to describe his style of play. “Coach tells me to do one thing then I’ll just go do it. It’s pretty simple. Just go rebound or something simple like that. I just do the best I can. Just hustle. I don’t know. I mean, I know that it comes with the game, because I get frustrated, too, in the game. But I just show it in a different way. So frustration obviously comes with it, and people react in different ways.”

Via Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

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.

The Oklahoma City Thunder released the following statement on Sunday:

“After practice yesterday, Kevin made us aware of discomfort in his right foot. We proceeded to perform the necessary imagining studies to determine the cause of his discomfort. At this stage, Kevin has been diagnosed with a Jones fracture. Traditional treatment of this injury requires a surgical procedure and recent NBA cases have resulted in a return to play in 6-8 weeks. We are in the process of collaboratively evaluating the most appropriate next steps with Kevin, his representatives, and Thunder medical personnel. Until a course of action is determined, we are unable to provide a timeline specific to Kevin's case.”

Via RealGM Staff Report

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.

"I don't think that makes sense," Durant said Friday. "Give up guarantees? Nah, I don't think so. Why? Why would we do that? Just because we asked for ... I'm not going to talk about this, man."

Durant said he had a lot to say on the subject, but said it wasn't the appropriate time for him to express those thoughts publicly.

Via Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Oklahoma City Thunder Archives

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.

Mitch McGary Out Six Weeks With Broken Foot

Mitch McGary suffered a fracture in his left second metatarsal.

Durant: Superstar Players Worth More Than They're Making

Kevin Durant was asked his opinion on the possibility of the NBA eliminating the maximum contract.

Rockets Plan On Having Harden Serve As Lead Recruiter For Durant

Goran Dragic and Rajon Rondo are free agents in 2015, while Kevin Durant will hit the open market in 2016.

Semaj Christon To Sign With Thunder's D-League Affiliate

Semaj Christon was the 55th overall pick in the June NBA Draft.

Shaq Believes Russell Westbrook Needs To Take 'Step Back'

The Thunder and Scott Brooks have said the entire team must sacrafice to accomplish their championship goals.

RealGM Radio: On The Northwest Division With Strauss, Mason

Daniel Leroux, Ethan Sherwood Strauss and Beckley Mason work through the offseason for the Thunder, Blazers, Jazz, Wolves and Nuggets.

Durant Admits He Can't Palm NBA Basketball

Kevin Durant insisted that he cannot palm an NBA basketball.

Thunder Look Forward For Opportunity To Re-Sign Kevin Durant In 2016

Kevin Durant made it clear that he is pleased with the Thunder's direction and likes his situation.

Durant To Return To USA Basketball For 2016 Olympics

Kevin Durant intends to rejoin USA Basketball for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Thunder To Sign Michael Jenkins To Training Camp Deal

The Thunder have reached agreement with Michael Jenkins on a training camp deal, a league source told RealGM.

Bledsoe's Free Agency Serving As Test Case For Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson has made it clear that he desires a starting role, while also suggesting that he seeks the salary that comes along with that.

Kevin Durant Signs Frozen Yogurt Endorsement Deal

Kevin Durant will receive an ownership interest in Orange Leaf in exchange for his work to promote the frozen yogurt brand through community service partnerships.

Knicks Hire Assistant Coach With Close Ties To Kevin Durant

A source says Brian Keefe is very close with Kevin Durant, who will become a free agent in 2016.

Reggie Jackson Hopes To Sign Extension With Thunder

Reggie Jackson is eligible for a contract extension with the Thunder this offseason.

Nike Matches Under Armour's $285M Deal For Kevin Durant

Nike has countered a proposal of $265 to $285 million and believes it will re-sign Kevin Durant to a deal for the next 10 years.

Thunder Trade Thabeet To 76ers To Create $1.25M TPE

Hasheem Thabeet will be immediately waived by the 76ers.

Thunder Name Mark Daigneault Head Coach Of D-League Affiliate

Mark Daigneault joins the Thunder organization after spending the past four years working under Billy Donovan at Florida.

Under Armour Makes 10-Year, $285M Offer To Kevin Durant

Nike has the right to match the offer made by Under Armour to Kevin Durant.

Monroe Explored Sign-And-Trade With Thunder, Blazers, At Least Three Other Clubs

Greg Monroe and agent David Falk never sought an offer sheet from another team.
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