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Westbrook, Harden, Wall Join Curry In Eligibility For DPVE In 2017

May 18, 2017 2:31 PM

Russell Westbrook, James Harden, John Wall and Stephen Curry will be eligible for the Designated Player Veteran Extension in July.

All four players were named to the All-NBA Teams for the 16-17 season.

Curry can sign the supermax contract as a free agent. Curry was already eligible for the contract due to winning MVP in two of the past three seasons.

Paul George and Gordon Hayward are not eligible for the rule.

Kawhi Leonard is now eligible to sign the Designated Player Veteran Extension in 2018.

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Tags: John Wall, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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RealGM Radio: Royce Young On The Thunder

May 12, 2017 5:54 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Royce Young of ESPN (@royceyoung) go in-depth on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The two discuss the biggest takeaways from the Thunder’s 2016-17 season and a fascinating summer which includes a potential extension for Russell Westbrook and free agency for Andre Roberson, Taj Gibson and possibly Jerami Grant.

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Thunder Considering Stretch Provision For Kyle Singler

May 11, 2017 3:59 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder could use the stretch provision on Kyle Singler this offseason.

Singler is owed $9.7 million in guaranteed money on his contract. The final season of his contract is non-guaranteed.

The Thunder could spread out Singler's cap hit to $1.4 million per year over seven years.

Oklahoma City would create $3.3 million in cap room for 17-18 and $3.6 million for 18-19.

“Of course I want to do the best that I can,” Singler said. “And with that being said, I have a whole lot to look at. It’s not just [about] what I've done in the past. It’s what I'm going to do in the future, as well.”

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Tags: Kyle Singler, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook Back On Speaking Terms

May 9, 2017 5:43 AM

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are back on speaking terms after Kendrick Perkins brokered a phone call.

The call took place after Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's triple-double record in April.

Perkins had been attempting to "figure out a way to try to make them talk again, because I felt like the outside world was putting a beef there that really wasn't too serious," that Durant messaged him with the news. Perkins spoke about the relationship during TNT's "Area 21".

"I think the night that Russ actually broke the record, I had texted KD," Perkins said. "The next day, he was talking about something and he sent me a text and was like, 'Me and Russ had a nice conversation.' The media don't even know nothing about it, but I just let it be known that they're back on talking terms, the differences are aside."

Perkins added that Durant could eventually return to the Thunder.

"I wouldn't be surprised -- if KD makes a little run, I wouldn't be surprised if he goes back to Oklahoma," Perkins said. "Because in my opinion, I don't think Russ is going anywhere. He's that type of guy. He just wants to stick it out, and he just wants you to give him those pieces and he just wants to roll with it. He's not going and trying to run and chase [titles]. And one thing about it, he's not begging nobody to come play with him."

Both Westbrook and Durant weren't interested in talking about their relationship during All-Star Weekend when they were teammates.

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Tags: Kendrick Perkins, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Troy Weaver Considered Candidate For Hawks' President Job

May 8, 2017 2:37 PM

Troy Weaver has emerged as a candidate to run the Atlanta Hawks' front office.

Weaver has long been Sam Presti's top lieutenant with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Weaver has been a candidate for general manager positions in the past.

Mike Budenholzer has stepped down as president of basketball operations of the Hawks and the franchise is looking for his replacement as the ultimate decision maker.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Hoping To Find 'Common Ground' With Andre Roberson

May 2, 2017 10:16 AM

Andre Roberson and the Oklahoma City Thunder have mutual interest in a deal in restricted free agency.

“Every indication we've had from Dre and from his people, his agent, is that he loves playing here,” Sam Presti said. “And I've always said this to everybody before: When the player shows an interest in being here, it really exponentially helps your opportunity to get a contract done, if you would like to.”

Presti also said another team's offer sheet “decreases the chances” of re-signing a free agent.

“We need them to be fair with us,” Presti said. “We have to be fair with them and try to find a common ground.”

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Thunder 'Hopeful' Of Signing Russell Westbrook To Supermax Extension

May 1, 2017 8:22 PM

Sam Presti and the Oklahoma City Thunder are hopeful they will be able to sign Russell Westbrook to an extension this summer.

Under the NBA's new CBA, the Thunder can sign Westbrook to a five-year, $217 million supermax. Westbrook signed a three-year, $85 million extension with the Thunder last summer one month after Kevin Durant left the franchise for the Golden State Warriors.

"The rules are that you can't have that conversation until July 1, and you know, when that time comes, we'll sit down, we'll have conversations with him about what that opportunity presents," Presti said Monday at his end-of-season availability. "And you know, we're obviously hopeful that he remains really excited about being a part of this organization for the remainder of his career."

Westbrook has a player option on the final year of that contract that can allow him to be a free agent in 2018.

If Westbrook doesn't sign an extension this summer, Presti says he hasn't considered whether they would trade him.

"Let's not think so far ahead," Presti said. "Let's just see where the information takes us. I understand the question. I think the biggest thing is, we had that conversation with Russell last year, and you know, he was really clear, and it worked itself out. So before we get all the way down the road on what if, what if this happens, what if that happens: Again, that's one of those things where we're talking about a very complex question, a very complex situation with a lot of moving parts, and looking for, like, a simple answer to that."

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Thunder Intend To Keep Andre Roberson

Apr 26, 2017 7:56 PM

The Oklahoma City and Andre Roberson were unable to agree upon an extension before their deadline at the beginning of the season and he'll be a restricted free agent.

While Roberson is a liability on offense, he has developed into a very good defensive player. Oklahoma City has moved away from the league-wide trend of valuing shooting and instead want cutting and driving.

The Thunder intend to keep Roberson.

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Russell Westbrook Hasn't Thought About Extension But 'Loves' Being With Thunder

Apr 26, 2017 2:45 PM

Russell Westbrook can sign a five-year extension this offseason with the Oklahoma City Thunder worth approximately $220 million.

“I haven’t thought about anything,” Westbrook said Wednesday. “Obviously, everybody knows that I like Oklahoma City and I love being here. I love everybody here. But I haven’t even thought about that.

“I’m worried about making sure my wife was all right, so everything else really doesn’t matter at this point.”

Westbrook talked positively about the future of the Thunder.

"There's a lot of room for us to grow. That's the upside of it all," said Westbrook. "I'm excited about it."

Ryan Aber/Oklahoman

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook Has Never Complained About Teammates To Front Office

Apr 26, 2017 12:53 PM

Russell Westbrook has never complained about players on the Oklahoma City Thunder, either this season or in the past, a source tells ESPN.

Westbrook prefers to stay out of most front office affairs.

Westbrook is believed to be "very happy with the players on the team and the outlook of the roster."

Westbrook can sign an extension worth approximately $220 million over five years this summer. Westbrook can become a free agent in 2018.

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Thunder Complete 2nd Straight 'Season Of Discovery'
Sam Presti called both 15-16 and 16-17 a "season of discovery" for the Thunder.

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Thunder Were +5 In Series When Both Westbrook, Harden Were On Floor
The Thunder were +15 when Russell Westbrook was on the floor and -58 with him on the bench in their five-game series

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Russell Westbrook: Don't Try To Split Us Up
The Thunder have struggled in their series against the Rockets whenever Russell Westbrook has been off the floor.

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NBA Reviewing Incident Between Patrick Beverley, Son Of Thunder Minority Owner
Patrick Beverley got knocked down after attempting a layup and landed at a fan's feet, identified as Stuart Scaramucci.

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Russell Westbrook Fined $15,000 For Inappropriate Language After Game 2
Russell Westbrook has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for using inappropriate language during his postgame press conference after Game 2.

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Russell Westbrook Shattering Usage Rate Record In Playoffs
Russell Westbrook's usage rate of 52.0 is shattering all prior marks with Michael Jordan's mark in 1986 of 39.3 being the next closest.

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Russell Westbrook Claims To Not Care About 51/10/13 Line After Game 2 Loss
Russell Westbrook went 4-for-18 in the fourth quarter.

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Daryl Morey Subtweets Russell Westbrook On Rebounds
Daryl Morey appeared to subtweet Russell Westbrook when replying to a Tweet by Matt Bullard about how Hakeem Olajuwon made it clear that he wanted every available rebound.

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Thunder Never Considered Russell Westbrook Trade While Waiting For Extension Decision
Russell Westbrook would have been eligible for free agency in 2017 had he not signed an extension.

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Russell Westbrook To Sit For First Time In 16-17
Billy Donovan said Russell Westbrook ultimately made the decision to rest after discussing the issue with the coaching and medical staffs.

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Paul George, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Week
Paul George paced the East in scoring (31.7 ppg) and tied for seventh in rebounding (9.0 rpg) while shooting 57.4 percent from the field as the Pacers went 3-0 for the week.

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Russell Westbrook Breaks Record With 42nd Triple-Double Of 16-17
Russell Westbrook recorded his 42nd triple-double of the season, breaking Oscar Robertson's record from the 61-62 season.

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Russell Westbrook Clinches Triple Double Average For Season
Russell Westbrook is now the first player to average a triple double since Oscar Robertson in the 61-62 season.

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Anthony Grant Leaves Thunder To Become Head Coach Of Dayton
Anthony Grant was an assistant coach for Billy Donovan with the Thunder for the past two seasons.

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Billy Donovan Denies Meeting With Hoosiers About Job
Billy Donovan was previously asked about the job when it became available in mid-March.

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Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry Dispute Report About OKC's Treatment Of Durant
Steve Kerr said "emotional returns or farewells" in the NBA have become "routine" because "guys get traded, they get cut, they sign elsewhere as free agents."

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Warriors Were Upset At Thunder Leadership During Kevin Durant's Return Game
The Warriors felt Kevin Durant should have been acknowledged or thanked in a news conference setting for his time with the Thunder.

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Straw Poll Of 106 Media Members Shows Harden Ahead Of Westbrook In MVP Race
James Harden received 53 first-place votes while Russell Westbrook had 26 first-place votes.

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Russell Westbrook In Danger Of Falling Below 10 Assists Per Game
Russell Westbrook needs to average 9.8 assists down the stretch but he's averaging 9.14 in February and March.

Berry Tramel/Oklahoman

Mark Cuban Doesn't Put Russell Westbrook In MVP Conversation
Mark Cuban believes the MVP is a toss-up between James Harden and LeBron James.

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