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Scott Brooks Passing On Interviews With Nuggets, Pelicans

May 20, 2015 12:17 PM

Scott Brooks is passing on opportunities to interview with the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans. Brooks appears inclined to sit out the entire 15-16 season.

Brooks has a 338-207 career coaching record following his tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder and wants to return to the sideline at some point in the future. Brooks was fired by the Thunder this offseason.

Brooks wants to look at television opportunities and reconnect with his family living in California.

Brooks is owed the balance of his 15-16 salary by the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Durant Recovering Well, Not Yet At Weight-Bearing Stage

May 19, 2015 11:08 PM

Kevin Durant continues his recovery from his latest foot surgery.

“Doing well," said Sam Presti. "Progressing. There’s certain benchmarks within the season and offseason. We’re not at a weight-bearing stage, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction and excited about him being back on the floor toward the end of the summer.”

 

Durant hopes to be back on the court by August 1st.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

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Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

May 19, 2015 5:31 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick first in the 2015 NBA Draft, joining the list of previous lottery winners. The Wolves are expected to decide between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks swapped pre-lottery standings at No. 4 and No. 2, while the Philadelphia 76ers stayed put at No. 3. 

The 76ers have their own lottery pick, while they could have also received the Lakers' pick if it had fallen out of the top-5 and/or Miami's if it fell out of the top-10.

You can view the lottery history of each team, including the players selected with their picks, by clicking on the below links.

Draft Lottery Results

1. Minnesota Timberwolves (25%) 

2. Los Angeles Lakers (11.9%)

3. Philadelphia 76ers (15.6%)

4. New York Knicks (19.9%)

5. Orlando Magic (8.8%)

6. Sacramento Kings (6.3%)

7. Denver Nuggets (4.3%)

8. Detroit Pistons (2.8%)

9. Charlotte Hornets (1.7%)

10. Miami Heat (1.1%)

11. Indiana Pacers (0.8%)

12. Utah Jazz (0.7%)

13. Phoenix Suns (0.6%)

14. Oklahoma City Thunder (0.5%)

Click here to run RealGM's Lottery Simulator.

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Thunder Appear To Be Targeting Point Guards, Shooters In Draft

May 17, 2015 12:10 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder appeared to focus on point guards and shooters during their interviews at the NBA Draft Combine.

Oklahoma City conducted individual interviews with Arizona shooting guard Stanley Johnson, Louisville point guard Terry Rozier, Duke point guard Tyus Jones, Kentucky point guard Andrew Harrison, Kentucky shooting guard Aaron Harrison, Kansas shooting guard/small forward Kelly Oubre, Virginia shooting guard Justin Anderson and Murray State point guard Cameron Payne among others. The Thunder also sat down individually with Texas center Myles Turner.

The Thunder are loaded in the frontcourt, with Kevin Durant anchoring that group along with Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, Nick Collison, Mitch McGary, Perry Jones and Steve Novak.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Thunder Interested In Monty Williams, Andy Greer, Nate Tibbets As Assistants

May 16, 2015 9:47 PM

Billy Donovan has targeted Monty Williams, Andy Greer and Nate Tibbetts to join his coaching staff with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Williams was recently fired by the New Orleans Pelicans, while Greer is currently an assistant with the Bulls and Tibbetts with the Blazers.

Brian Keefe is another possibility for the Thunder. Keefe left the Thunder last offseason to join Derek Fisher with the New York Knicks.

Keefe is well-regarded among Thunder management and players. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are among the players partial to Keefe.

Mike Brown passed on a chance to interview for a spot on Donovan's staff.

Donovan will keep Oklahoma City assistant Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic on staff, and make former Alabama coach Anthony Grant his No. 3 assistant coach, league sources said.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery

May 14, 2015 1:21 PM

The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Nuggets: Josh Kroenke

Pistons: Jeff Bower

Pacers: Larry Bird

Lakers: Byron Scott

Heat: Alonzo Mourning

Wolves: Glen Taylor

Knicks: Steve Mills

Thunder: Russell Westbrook

Magic: Alex Martins

76ers: Nerlens Noel

Suns: Alex Len

Kings: Vlade Divac

Jazz: Dennis Lindsey

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Anthony Grant To Join Thunder Coaching Staff

May 8, 2015 12:28 PM

Anthony Grant will join the Oklahoma City Thunder as an assistant coach, according to The Gainesville Sun.

Grant was an assistant for Billy Donovan at Marshall and Florida until 2006.

While at VCU, Grant produced three solid years, compiling a 76-25 record and making two NCAA Tournaments. In 2007, his Rams squad, led by former Thunder point guard Eric Maynor, upset Duke in the first round.

Following the 2009 season, Grant was hired by Alabama. While in Tuscaloosa, his squads improved during his first three seasons on the job, making the NCAA Tournament in 2012 for the school’s first time in six years.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook To Represent Thunder At Lottery

May 5, 2015 11:04 PM

Russell Westbrook will be representing the Oklahoma City Thunder at this month's lottery.

The Thunder haven't been in the lottery since they won the third overall pick in 2009 and drafted James Harden.

"Every draft pick is viewed as an opportunity, or an option of sorts for the club," said Sam Presti. "Will Dawkins and our amateur scouting department have done a great job this year of planning for various scenarios within the draft. It is up to us to sort through ways that we might be able to use the draft pick to generate the most value for the organization. This could mean picking the best available player, looking to trade the pick, or any other myriad of concepts that we are exploring each day. Russell Westbrook will be representing the organization at the Lottery, and I told him the other day that if people watching at home do not have to adjust the brightness on their television screen based on what he is wearing, I will be really surprised. That or something sans sleeves.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

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Donovan Wants Westbrook To 'Be Able To Be Who He Is'

May 4, 2015 1:04 PM

Billy Donovan wants to establish a personal relationship with Russell Westbrook before they begin to discuss the basketball aspects of their partnership.

“I want to be able to sit down with Russell and talk to him and see how he’s feeling and what’s going through his mind,” said Donovan.

“The one thing I would say with Russell, I don’t want to at ever feel that with a new coach coming in, I want to hold him back or change him,” Donovan said. “He’s a great player. Has great passion, great heart, great intensity. I want him to be able to be who he is. I think that’s what the Thunder organization is about. Just like they’re trying to let me be who I am as a coach, I need to let Russell be who he is as a player.”

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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

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Thunder Hired Two Former Donovan Staffers Within 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

Billy Donovan Hired By Thunder As Head Coach
Billy Donovan will sign a five-year deal with the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Pat Forde/Yahoo! Sports

Billy Donovan, Thunder Close To Agreement
There's confidence from both the Thunder and Billy Donovan that a deal can be reached.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Pat Forde/Yahoo! Sports

Billy Donovan Interested In Meeting With Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka Before Accepting Job
Kevin Durant has reached out to multiple former Florida players about Billy Donovan.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Pat Forde/Yahoo! Sports

Thunder, Billy Donovan Begin Discussions For Coaching Job
Billy Donovan is widely regarded as the clear favorite to succeed Scott Brooks.

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Thunder Considering Ettore Messina As Head Coach Candidate
Ettore Messina has had great success as a head coach in Europe and is currently an assistant coach with the Spurs.

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Report: Kevin Ollie Removes Name From Consideration For Thunder Job
Kevin Ollie has been considered a strong candidate for the job following his success at UConn and relationship with Kevin Durant.

Jon Rothstein/CBS Sports

Thunder Confident Enes Kanter Will Re-Sign
Enes Kanter was acquired by the Thunder at the trade deadline.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

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.

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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.

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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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