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Spurs Preparing Offseason Pursuit Of Kevin Durant

May 6, 2016 11:37 AM

The San Antonio Spurs are planning on pursuing Kevin Durant in free agency this offseason.

With the salary cap rising, teams like the Spurs and Golden State Warriors will have more space than they would in a normal season.

The Spurs would likely need to part with Danny Green or Tony Parker to create enough space to sign Durant.

San Antonio was able to create space last offseason for LaMarcus Aldridge and their pursuit of big free agents dates back to Jason Kidd in 2003 even after Parker's breakout season.

Danny Leroux of RealGM and The Sporting News recently broke down the cap mechanics of how the Spurs can sign Durant without losing too much of their supporting cast.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Harrison Barnes Not Taking Warriors' Likely Pursuit Of Kevin Durant Personally

May 5, 2016 7:30 PM

Harrison Barnes will be a restricted free agent this offseason and his future with the Golden State Warriors could be largely tied to their pursuit of Kevin Durant.

Barnes was asked if he's accepted the possibility of the Warriors pursuing Durant.

"For sure. It was after my first year, was that when Dwight (Howard) was thinking about leaving? So it was funny, Bogut texted me and asked me, are we going to LA? Because he was going to come here.

"We joked about that. And last summer it was Kevin Love thing, is he going to come here? So me and David Lee were joking about the fact that we might have to buy winter coats.

"You always kind of take it with a grain of salt. We’re a great team. And this is a place where people want to play now. Front office is going to do their job, and they’re going to go and try to recruit the best talent, that’s what they’re going to do.

"You don’t really get too personal about it, or say oh my gosh, they’re looking at other players. Because that’s how business goes."

Barnes and the Warriors were unable to agree upon an extension last offseason, which gives him some level of control.

"That’s part of it, right? If I say oh I love it here, I want to be here, I go buy a house, I do all these things, and then all of a sudden I’m shipped out, it’s like ‘man, that really threw a wrench in things. That’s kind of tough.’

"You definitely want the ability so that in the event I get traded or he decides to come here or something like you still have options."

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

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Kevin Durant Only Wants To Be Considered 7-0 Talking To Women

May 3, 2016 7:35 PM

Kevin Durant says he's actually 6-11 but he prefers to be officially listed at 6-9 in the NBA.

“For me, when I’m talking to women, I’m 7 feet,” he said. “In basketball circles, I’m 6-9.

“But really, I’ve always thought it was cool to say I’m a 6-9 small forward,” he said. “Really, that’s the prototypical size for a small forward. Anything taller than that, and they’ll start saying, ‘Ah, he’s a power forward.’ ”

Kevin Garnett is another player who wanted to be 6-11 even though he was really 7-0, while Bill Walton did the same exact thing a generation before.

There’s a huge degree of latitude because the NBA doesn’t require players to use their “in shoes” measurements.  

Giannis Antetokounmpo has grown from 6-9 to 6-11 and he would have no issue being listed at 7-0 if he grows another inch despite being a point guard.

“Honestly,” says Antetokounmpo, “I want to get taller.”

Chris Herring/Wall Street Journal

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NBA Lists Five Incorrect Non-Calls From Final Thunder-Spurs Play

May 3, 2016 4:57 PM

The NBA listed five incorrect non-calls from the final 13.5 seconds of Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs.

Manu Ginobili should have been whistled for delay of game for stepping on the sideline during the game's final inbounds play, and Dion Waiters should have been called for an offensive foul for crossing the out-of-bounds plane and hitting Ginobili with his elbow, the league said Tuesday in its last-two-minutes report.

Foul calls were then missed on Patty Mills and Kawhi Leonard.

After the Spurs stole the inbounds pass and made a final effort to hit a winning shot, a shooting foul should have been called on Serge Ibaka for grabbing and holding the jersey of LaMarcus Aldridge with 2.6 seconds left.

The Thunder won the game 98-97.

ESPN

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Kevin Durant: Having A Really Good Coach Probably Most Important Thing In NBA

Apr 30, 2016 5:17 PM

Kevin Durant spoke highly of Gregg Popovich hours before the start of the Western Conference Semifinals.

Durant will be a free agent in the offseason.

“No matter how many moving parts they have on the team, he always stays consistent with what he does,” Durant said.

“Having a coach, a really good coach is probably the most important thing in this league. Because you can have all the great players you want, but if you have someone to orchestrate it, that’s what they have. They’ve got great players, but they also have a great coach to put them in positions that utilizes all their strengths as individuals and make it come together as a team.”

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

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Thunder Defeat Mavericks 4-1, Will Face Spurs in Round Two

Apr 25, 2016 11:13 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Dallas Mavericks 118-104 to win the series 4-1.

Russell Westbrook scored 36 points with 12 rebounds and 9 assists while Kevin Durant added 33 points of his own.

As the West's #3 seed, the Thunder will face the Spurs in Round Two. The series will start Saturday, April 30th.

RealGM Staff Report

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Russell Westbrook Fined $25,000 For Inappropriate Language Towards Fan

Apr 24, 2016 7:27 PM

The NBA fined Russell Westbrook $25,000 for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan" during Oklahoma City's Game 4 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Marc Spears/The Vertical

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Kevin Durant Ejected From Game 4 Win, Will Not Be Suspended

Apr 24, 2016 1:38 PM

Kevin Durant was ejected from Saturday's Game Four win against the Dallas Mavericks for a blow to the head of Justin Anderson.

The rule for a Flagrant 2 is "unnecessary and excessive contact" and the league office will review the foul with the latitude to suspend Durant for Game 5 of the series, which the Thunder lead 3-1.

The NBA sent out a memo to teams before the playoffs emphasizing the crackdown on blows to the head whether or not they were intentional. 

On Sunday, Durant was fined $15,000 but not suspended.

Kurt Helin/NBC Sports

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Kevin Durant Not Keen On Playing In Washington

Apr 21, 2016 11:58 PM

The Washington Wizards hired the ex-coach of Kevin Durant in Scott Brooks but it is not expected to make a difference in his free agency decision.

Friends say Durant isn't keen on returning to his hometown. Durant's inner circle has tightened considerably in recent years and he isn't interested in dealing with distant friends and family members.

Durant's lone visit to Washington this season was stressful, according to sources.

Durant respects Brooks and even missed him at various points in the season. Despite Brooks' limitations as a head coach, Durant knew he held everyone accountable and had a track record of player development.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

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Monty Williams Attends Oklahoma City's Game 1

Apr 17, 2016 9:59 AM

For the first time since the death of his wife, Ingrid, following a Feb. 9 car crash, Monty Williams was at Chesapeake Energy Arena for Game 1 of the Oklahoma City Thunder series against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Thunder announced March 11 that Williams wouldn't return to the team this season.

In March, Billy Donovan said Williams' return will likely be decided after his children finish their academic school year.

“He’s still, in my opinion, part of this family, part of this organization,” Donovan said. “I think the one thing we’ve always tried to do here is always extend an open invitation."

Williams was also at Oklahoma City's practice before Game 1 on Friday.

 

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

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Kevin Durant Endorses Scott Brooks To Get Another Chance In NBA
Scott Brooks was fired last season by the Thunder and he's now a candidate for the Wizards, Wolves and Kings.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Russell Westbrook Leads NBA In 'Grab And Go Buckets'
A "grab and go" is defined as either a player's own unassisted make or assists to teammates in seven seconds or less following a defensive rebound.

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month
LeBron James appeared in 14 games (10-4) and averaged 25.6 points on .538 shooting from the field, 8.2 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.1 minutes per game.

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Stanley Johnson: No One Is Scared Of Playing Against Kevin Durant
Stanley Johnson said comments from Kevin Durant were "uncalled for" and said Durant "disrespected" the franchise.

Vince Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Serge Ibaka: It's Sometimes Hard Not To Be More Involved In Offense
Serge Ibaka's versatility is sometimes an underutilized part of Oklahoma City's offense.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Kyle Lowry, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Kyle Lowry ranked fourth in East scoring last week averaging 27.2 points and led the NBA in fourth quarter scoring at 10.8 points.

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Kevin Durant: Oklahoma City Is Home
Kevin Durant is frequently asked for his opinion on other cities this season as he approaches free agency, but he was asked about Oklahoma City during a fundraiser to benefit his foundation.

Royce Young/ESPN

Kevin Durant: We Love Each Other, Sometimes X's And O's Are Reason For Losses
Kevin Durant was clear in supporting his supporting cast with the Thunder.

Chris Mannix/The Vertical

Spurs Expected To Explore Pursuit Of Kevin Durant
San Antonio would have to figure out how to play Kevin Durant with Kawhi Leonard despite the fact they play the same position.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Kevin Durant Likes Family Atmosphere Of Boston
Kevin Durant hasn't played a game in Boston since Nov. 23, 2012 due to various injuries over the past few seasons.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Monty Williams To Miss Remainder Of Season
Monty Williams will not return to the Thunder this season after the passing of his wife Ingrid last month.

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Kevin Durant: Free Agent Talk Hasn't Been Totally Quiet But It's Been Cool
Kevin Durant and his management team put a plan in place to try and limit rumors.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Brother Of Dion Waiters Killed In Philadelphia
Fox 29 in Philadelphia reports Dion Waiters' brother was one of six people killed on Tuesday in three separate acts of violence.

Royce Young/ESPN

Kevin Durant: Everyone Makes Up Rumors This Time Of Year
Kevin Durant was asked to respond to comments he would leave the Thunder if the team didn't at least reach The Finals.

Tim Daniels/Bleacher Report

Nazr Mohammed Agrees To Sign With Thunder
Nazr Mohammed played with the Bulls from 2012 until 2015 but was previously with the Thunder.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Kevin Durant: Rising Cap 'Makes Everything Wide Open' On Decision
Because of the increase in the NBA salary cap, there will be more teams capable of offering a max contract to free agents this offseason.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Durant: We're Fooling Ourselves With Current Play If We Want To Be Great Team
The Thunder are now 42-19 and have lost five of seven since the All-Star break.

Royce Young/ESPN

Recently Indicted Thunder Co-Owner Dies In Single Car Crash
Aubrey McClendon crashed into an embankment while traveling at a "high rate of speed" Wednesday morning.

Jacob Pramuk/CNBC

Mavs, Cavs, Heat, Hawks Thunder Interested In Kevin Martin If Bought Out
Kevin Martin's destination could hinge on where Joe Johnson signs.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Thunder Stagger Minutes Of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook For Entire Game
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook played approximately 12 minutes together and 12 minutes apart in each half.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman