Jul 28, 2014 11:03 AM EDT
Mitch McGary sees being drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder as a strong positive despite falling to the 21st overall pick.
McGary should immediately see quality minutes on a title contender.
“This is the fit for me and I’m happy overall with where I ended up,” McGary said. “Hopefully we have a bunch of veteran big guys that I learn from, Nick Collison, Kendrick Perkins, Serge [Ibaka] and even [second-year center] Steven [Adams]. He taught me how to play defense against [Brooklyn’s] Mason Plumlee [in the summer league.] It helped out.”
Jul 24, 2014 1:07 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Josh Huestis with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
First round picks typically receive guaranteed contracts for two seasons, but the Thunder and Huestis agreed for him to spend his rookie season with their D-League affiliate. Huestis will receive approximately $25,000 instead of $750,000. Huestis can start his rookie scale contract later.
The Thunder are essentially stashing Huestis in the D-League.
Huestis' agent Mitchell Butler tells SB Nation that the player's camp proposed it during the pre-draft process.
"This was the perfect team and the perfect storm," he said. "This isn't for everyone."
The move has been criticized by a variety of sources, as it may violate an NBA bylaw that compensation cannot be discussed with draft picks until after the player has been selected.
Jul 16, 2014 12:28 PM EDT
The Washington Wizards recently hired David Adkins as a player development assistant. Adkns will fill the vacancy created by the departure of Ryan Saunders.
Adkins was an assistant for Brenda Frese with the University of Maryland's women's basketball team for the past five seasons.
Adkins was a longtime high school boys' basketball assistant coach at DeMatha and Montrose Christian. Adkins has worked with Kevin Durant, Greivis Vasquez and Victor Oladipo.
Stephen A. Smith said recently on the radio that he's heard that the Wizards are the only team Durant would consider leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join. Marc Stein also reports that the decision to hire Adkins is another sign that the Wizards may be preparing a run at Durant in 2016.
Jul 16, 2014 10:52 AM EDT
Kevin Durant will be a free agent in 2016 and appears unlikely to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Stephen A. Smith believes the Washington Wizards would be the only team that is strongly considered.
Durant grew up in the Washington D.C. area and they have an interesting core in John Wall, Bradley Beal, Nene and Marcin Gortat.
“I don’t think anybody, to be quite honest with you,” Smith said. “Obviously the New York Knicks would be in the mix and what have you. But there are folks that I’ve spoken to that are relatively close to Kevin Durant that tell me if he were to decide to leave Oklahoma City, it would be for the nation’s capital. That’s the kind of dude he is. That’s a place that he would consider.
“I certainly don’t want to sit here as a reporter and insider and try to give indications that he’s planning on leaving Oklahoma City,” Smith said. “I don’t know that to be sure. I don’t know that to be the case. But I was told that if there is a team that would be strongly considered, it is the Washington Wizards, and him returning home.”
Jul 14, 2014 6:59 PM EDT
Free agent Grant Jerrett has reached agreement on a multi-year contract to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a league source told RealGM.
Jerrett, a 6-foot-10 forward, played for the Thunder’s D-League team – the Tulsa 66ers – last season and had been a development priority for the organization. The Thunder declined the 2014-15 team option on Jerrett, opting to make him a restricted free agent. Both sides came to terms on Monday afternoon.
Jerrett averaged 15.3 points and 6.1 rebounds in 27 games for Tulsa. An ankle injury in early July prevented him from playing in the NBA Summer League.
After one season at the University of Arizona, Jerrett, 21, declared into the NBA Draft and went to the Portland Trail Blazers with the 40th overall selection.
Jul 14, 2014 2:45 PM EDT
Perry Jones underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced on Monday.
Jones is expected to miss four to six weeks before returning to normal offseason activities.
Jul 12, 2014 1:31 PM EDT
Anthony Morrow has agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a three-year deal worth more than $10 million, league sources tell RealGM.
Morrow is one of the NBA's best spot-up three-point shooters.
Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman first reported Morrow's agreement.
Jul 11, 2014 9:59 PM EDT
The Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs are the leading contenders to sign Pau Gasol.
Gasol is giving strong consideration to signing with the Spurs despite their limited cap situation in case the Bulls can't agree upon a sign-and-trade deal involving Carlos Boozer.
The Los Angeles Lakers are reluctant to take on the contract of Boozer unless they receive an asset back from the Bulls.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have a $6.5 million trade exception that expires Friday night at 11:59 p.m., that they hoped to use in their own sign-and-trade with the Lakers.
The New York Knicks appear to be out of contention as well.
Jul 09, 2014 9:04 PM EDT
Mike Miller is close to agreement on a deal with the Denver Nuggets.
Miller is also being pursued by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Miller was amnestied by the Miami Heat last offseason.
Jul 08, 2014 3:11 PM EDT
The Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder have emerged as the favorites to sign Pau Gasol.
Gasol is also considering re-signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, while the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs are additional possibilities.
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Russell Westbrook was part of the USA teams in 2010 and 2012, and he hopes to still play in the 2016 Olympics.
Sebastian Telfair rejected one of the most lucrative proposals in professional basketball overseas.
Daniel Leroux, Royce Young and Ed Maisonet discuss what the Thunder can do this summer both in terms of free agents and the expiring Kevin Martin TPE, evaluate their draft, and assess the long-term future of the franchise.
Sebastian Telfair played last season in China and is already 29.
The Thunder, Bulls and Lakers are interested in Pau Gasol.
Thabo Sefolosha has received interest from the Clippers, Mavericks, Rockets and Raptors among others, league sources told RealGM.
Vince Carter averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 24.4 minutes per game last season despite being 37.
Pau Gasol will meet with the Thunder, Bulls and Warriors.
The Lakers are projected to make $100.1 million in profit for the 13-14 NBA season, comfortably the best in the NBA.
Tibor Pleiss will likely remain overseas for one more season.
Kevin Durant supported LeBron James' decision to opt out of his contract with the Heat in order to become a free agent.
The Heat certainly need improved interior defense, though Kenderick Perkins has fallen off dramatically during his time with the Thunder.
Nick Collison is expected to miss 4-6 weeks and then return to normal offseason activities.
Kendrick Perkins believes that added strength would allow Kevin Durant to be durable during a game's most demanding moments.
Michael Winger was hired by Sam Presti and the Thunder from the Cavaliers in 2010.
The Knicks and Derek Fisher are close to agreement on a five-year, $25 million deal.
Phil Jackson is expected to meet with Derek Fisher next week about the head coaching position of the Knicks.
Sam Presti said the Thunder have yet to give thought to the possibility of amnestying Kendrick Perkins.
Joakim Noah was named to his first All-NBA First Team.
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