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Mychal Thompson: Warriors Plan To Go Hard After Kevin Durant In 2016

May 1, 2015 1:45 PM

The Golden State Warriors plan on pursuing Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent in 2016, according to Mychal Thompson.

Thompson is the father of Klay Thompson.

“I also heard it on good authority from a team that plays in the Bay Area that they’re going to go hard after Kevin Durant,” said Mychal Thompson.

With the salary cap going up, the Warriors may have enough space to sign Durant to a max contract if they make a few cap-cutting moves.

Alex Torres/WarriorsWorld

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Ollie's $5M UConn Buyout Was Non-Starter For Thunder

May 1, 2015 11:02 AM

Kevin Ollie was a candidate for the Oklahoma City Thunder head coaching job, but his buyout was a non-starter for the franchise.

Ollie had negotiated a $5 million buyout from UConn in his contract.

Ollie was considered a strong candidate for the job with his success as a coach at Connecticut and his connection as a former teammate to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder instead hired Billy Donovan.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Connecticut Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Hired Two Former Donovan Staffers Within Past 12 Months

Apr 30, 2015 1:28 PM

Sam Presti and Billy Donovan have had a very close relationship for several years and the roots of the Oklahoma City Thunder hiring him as head coach may have been in the making for some time.

The Thunder hired two members of Billy Donovan's staff at Florida within the past 12 months.

The Thunder hired Mark Saigneault as coach of the Thunder D-League team, while Oliver Winterbone was hired as a data analyst.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Florida Gators, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Billy Donovan Hired By Thunder As Head Coach

Apr 30, 2015 11:56 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Billy Donovan have agreed upon a five-year deal for him to become their next head coach.

The Thunder have been searching for a replacement for Scott Brooks.

Donovan has had a relationship with Sam Presti for a decade.

Donovan has never coached in the NBA before, but has won two national championships at Florida.

Donovan's deal will be worth approximately $30 million.

"I'm very excited to learn from him and get better from him and do my best to do whatever he tells me to do," said Kevin Durant to ESPN's Royce White. Durant also reached out to Chandler Parsons and Mike Miller for information on Donovan, who played for him at Florida.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Pat Forde/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Florida Gators, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Billy Donovan, Thunder Close To Agreement

Apr 29, 2015 4:21 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Billy Donovan have begun discussions on the framework of a contract for him to become head coach.

There's confidence from both sides that a deal can be reached.

Donovan could command an annual salary in the $6 million range to leave Florida. He makes $4 million-plus annually with no state income tax at Florida.

Sam Presti only has Donovan as a serious candidate.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports Wednesday evening that the Thunder and Donovan are nearing agreement and a deal could be announced as soon as Thursday.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Pat Forde/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Florida Gators, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Billy Donovan Interested In Meeting With Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka Before Accepting Job

Apr 29, 2015 12:27 PM

Kevin Durant has reached out to multiple former Florida players about Billy Donovan, according to sources.

Donovan is considered the only serious candidate for the Oklahoma City Thunder head coaching vacancy.

Durant has become generally positive about the potential hiring of Donovan.

Donovan has interest in speaking to Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka before accepting the job. It is unclear if meetings will be facilitated.

Sam Presti and Donovan have had a relationship for a decade.

Donovan turned down offers from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves last offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Pat Forde/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Thunder, Billy Donovan Begin Discussions For Coaching Job

Apr 29, 2015 8:26 AM

Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder have opened a dialogue about the team's vacant coaching position, according to sources.

The Thunder's job became available a week ago after the dismissal of Scott Brooks.

Donovan is widely regarded as the clear favorite to succeed Brooks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Florida Gators, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Considering Ettore Messina As Head Coach Candidate

Apr 24, 2015 10:50 AM

Ettore Messina is reportedly on the list of candidates compiled by the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching vacancy.

Messina has had great success as a head coach in Europe and is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Thunder fired Scott Brooks as head coach this week.

Billy Donovan is widely considered the frontrunner for the job.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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

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Report: Kevin Ollie Removes Name From Consideration For Thunder Job

Apr 23, 2015 1:52 PM

Kevin Ollie has removed his name from consideration for the head coaching job of the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to sources.

Ollie has been considered a strong candidate for the job following his success at UConn and relationship with Kevin Durant.

The Thunder are looking for a new head coach following their dismissal of Scott Brooks.

Billy Donovan is also considered a top candidate for the position.

Jon Rothstein/CBS Sports

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Connecticut Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Confident Enes Kanter Will Re-Sign

Apr 23, 2015 11:08 AM

Sam Presti is confident the Oklahoma City Thunder will re-sign Enes Kanter this offseason.

Kanter will be a restricted free agent.

The Thunder acquired Kanter at the deadline in a trade that included a future first round pick.

“We wouldn’t have traded for him if we didn’t feel like we’d be in a position to have him with us going forward,” Presti said.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Billy Donovan, Kevin Ollie Emerge As Serious Candidates For Thunder
Billy Donovan recently worked on background research on Kevin Durant.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Magic, Nuggets Expected To Have Interest In Scott Brooks
Scott Brooks will become a top candidate for the head coaching vacancies of the Magic and Nuggets.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Thunder Fire Scott Brooks
The Thunder have fired Scott Brooks as head coach and Billy Donovan is expected to become a serious candidate.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Enes Kanter Undergoes Surgery On Left Knee
Enes Kanter is expected to miss 4-6 weeks before returning to normal offseason activities.

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Thunder Considering Kevin Ollie As Replacement For Scott Brooks
Sam Presti has reportedly visited UConn several times recently where Kevin Ollie is head coach.

Adam Zagoria/ZagsBlog

DeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook Win Player Of The Month For April
DeMar DeRozan had a PER of 24.1 in April, while Russell Westbrook's 28.3 ranked sixth in the Western Conference.

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Durant, Westbrook Won't Watch NBA Playoffs
The Thunder were one win short of reaching the playoffs, losing a tiebreaker with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Thunder Will Consider Firing Scott Brooks
Billy Donovan and Kevin Ollie could become serious candidates for the job if the Thunder don't bring back Scott Brooks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

NBA Rescinds Technical Foul Against Westbrook
Russell Westbrook was set to face a suspension due to receiving his 16th technical foul.

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Westbrook Scores Career-High 54, Will Be Suspended For Next Game After 16th Tech
Russell Westbrook was handed the technical by referee Ed Malloy after being called for a foul trying to fight through a screen.

Royce Young/ESPN

LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month
LeBron James led the conference in scoring (24.7 ppg), ranking fourth in assists (7.3 apg), finishing sixth in steals (1.73 spg) and adding 6.3 rebounds.

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Jenkins: Westbrook's Personality Suggests He'd Stay With Thunder
Lee Jenkins doesn't see Russell Westbrook as the type of player who would want the media glare off the court that would come in a market like New York or Los Angeles.

Zach McCrite Show/107.7

Russell Westbrook Eyes NBA's Citizenship Award
Russell Westbrook has put up MVP-caliber numbers one season after teammate Kevin Durant won the award.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Kevin Durant: I Would Love To Stick It Out With One Team My Whole Career
Kevin Durant can become a free agent in 2016, but he continues to imply that his future will be with the Thunder.

Royce Young/ESPN

Westbrook's Adjusted Stat Line For 1962: 47-15-12
In 1961-62, Oscar Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists to become the first and only player to put up a triple-double season.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Kevin Durant Undergoes Bone Graft Surgery On Foot
Kevin Durant is expected to return to full basketball activities in the next four to six months.

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Kevin Love's Best Relationship With Star Player Is Westbrook
Russell Westbrook can become a free agent in 2017, while Kevin Love's free agency will be in 2015 or 2016.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via Nick Dudukovich/Factory of Sadness)

Kevin Durant To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery
Kevin Durant is expected to have a recovery time of four to six months.

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Westbrook Confused Why Media Asking About Defense After Giving Up 1.369 PPP
The Thunder have given up more than 115 points per 100 possessions in four of their past five games.

Royce Young/ESPN

Nick Collison Out Minimum Of 10 Days With Sprained Ankle
Scott Brooks said the injury will sideline Nick Collison through at least March.

Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

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