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Westbrook's Own Free Agency Wasn't Discussed During Durant Meeting

Jul 20, 2016 11:12 AM

The 2017 free agency of Russell Westbrook didn't come up when Kevin Durant met with him and Nick Collison for dinner before the start of the offseason.

“No, we didn't talk about (Westbrook’s free agency future),” said Durant. “I mean we didn't really talk about anything at all. I wish him nothing but the best, man.”

Durant insists Westbrook wasn't a factor in his decision to leave the Thunder.

“Nah, it wasn't (a factor in him leaving),” Durant said. “I mean obviously (that alleged subplot is) coming out now (that) I'm gone, all these reports are going to come out. I can't really control it, but I just made a decision based on where I wanted to go, man. It was as simple as that. We can think about all the reasons and the factors and what factored in, but it was simple. That's where I wanted to play basketball.”

When asked if he had spoken to Westbrook recently after their initial discussion in which Durant shared the news, he said, “No, not really. Not really. Not in depth. But I'm sure that will happen at some point.”

The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently deciding how they should approach Westbrook's final season before he becomes a free agent.

Sam Amick/USA Today

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

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Kevin Durant Didn't Leave His Bed For Two Days After His Decision

Jul 20, 2016 11:07 AM

Kevin Durant has grown more comfortable with his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors.

Durant is currently preparing for the Olympics with his Team USA teammates.

“The two days after I didn’t leave my bed because if I walk outside somebody might try to hit me with their car,” Durant said. “I just stayed in and tried to process it all. I wanted to be around family and positive support. It felt different, obviously.

“I had been somewhere for so long and made a change no one saw coming and didn’t think I would do. Of course I didn’t know how it would be received afterward. But at some point I said, ‘Life goes on, and I can’t hide forever,’ so I had to face it.”

Carmelo Anthony senses Durant is happy with his decision.

“Just from talking to him and being around him, he’s happy, he’s at peace with that decision, and everybody else should be at peace with that decision. If he’s at peace, everybody else should be at peace,” said Anthony.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

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

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Dion Waiters Met With Nets Before Becoming UFA

Jul 20, 2016 10:44 AM

The Brooklyn Nets met face-to-face with Dion Waiters earlier in the offseason when he was still a restricted free agent.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have since rescinded their qualifying offer to Waiters, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Waiters had a PER of 9.4 this past season along with a True Shooting Percentage of .492 in 27.6 minutes per game for the Thunder.

The Nets appear unwilling to change their stance on signing him since Waiters became unrestricted.

The Nets signed both Tyler Johnson and Allen Crabbe to offer sheets that were matched by their respective teams.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Dion Waiters, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Hope To Pair Blake Griffin With Russell Westbrook In 2017

Jul 19, 2016 11:32 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in regular contact with Russell Westbrook and his agent Thad Foucher since the departure of Kevin Durant.

Westbrook has yet to make a commitment to renegotiate and extend his contract with the Thunder. Westbrook is scheduled to be a free agent in 2017.

Westbrook is a proponent of the Oklahoma City roster and is eager to lead the team this coming season.

The Thunder would like to pursue Blake Griffin in 2017 free agency to partner with Westbrook. Griffin is a native of Oklahoma.

The Los Angeles Clippers will have to contend with the free agencies of both Griffin and Chris Paul in 2017.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Rescind Qualifying Offer To Dion Waiters

Jul 19, 2016 11:00 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have rescinded their qualifying offer to Dion Waiters, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The Thunder still hold Waiters' Bird Rights and could re-sign him. With several teams still owning cap space, it is unlikely Waiters re-signs with the Thunder.

The move protects cap space for the Thunder if they can persuade Russell Westbrook to renegotiate and extend his contract to eliminate his 2017 free agency.

Oklahoma City have protected themselves against Waiters' departure by trading for Victor Oladipo and signing Alex Abrines.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Dion Waiters, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook 'Controls His Destiny' One Year Before Free Agency

Jul 18, 2016 2:22 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder haven't given up on the possibility of Russell Westbrook agreeing upon a renegotiated contract that includes an extension.

Westbrook could sign for an additional two seasons and $73.5 million by waiting until the 2017 offseason when he becomes a free agent.

"OKC is still trying to get Russell Westbrook to sign a contract extension," the source explained, "which he won't do because extensions at this time aren't in a player's best interest anymore. He won't do it."

The issue with the Thunder trading Westbrook is the uncertainty of that team signing him long-term.

"No team is going to pay a hefty price without getting a commitment from Westbrook," the source said. "Someone may pay a cheaper price without a commitment, but OKC probably doesn't do a deal like that."

There is nothing imminent at this point.

"Russ is in control of the situation. Not any team," the source said. "He controls his destiny. But if a team is going to get him, they need a long-term commitment."

Kevin O'Connor/CelticsBlog

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

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Thunder To Sign Alex Abrines to Three-Year, $17M Deal

Jul 18, 2016 10:47 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder will sign Alex Abrines to a three-year, $17 million deal.

Abrines was an early second round pick by the Thunder in 2013.

Abrines averaged 8.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19.3 minutes while shooting 39.8 percent on three-pointers last season with Barcelona.

Eurohoops.net

Tags: Alex Abrines, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook Has Given Thunder No Indication He Would Like Trade

Jul 18, 2016 10:32 AM

Russell Westbrook has given the Oklahoma City Thunder no indication he currently would like a trade or plans on leaving in free agency in 2017.

One source described Westbrook as "ticked off" about Kevin Durant's decision to leave in free agency and is eager for the season to start as it will present a new challenge.

"He's ready," said the source.

Westbrook can sign an extension with the Thunder that raises his salary for the 16-17 season but he's unlikely to do so.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

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

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Randy Foye, Nets Agree Upon One-Year Deal

Jul 14, 2016 1:23 PM

Randy Foye has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

Foye spent the end of last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder after a trade from the Denver Nuggets.

Foye averaged 5.6 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 21.2 minutes per game with Oklahoma City.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Celtics Haven't Recently Held Trade Discussions On Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin

Jul 14, 2016 10:18 AM

The Boston Celtics remain open to major moves and have expressed interest in Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook in the past, but there have been no discussions regarding either player in quite some time, according to sources.

There have been rumors this week involving the Celtics and both Westbrook and Griffin.

Both players will be unrestricted free agents in the 2017 offseason.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Tags: Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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