Apr 16, 2014 4:34 PM EDT
James Harden was adamant that he saw himself spending his entire career with the Oklahoma City Thunder before turning down a contract extension offer and subsequently being traded to the Houston Rockets in 2012.
“I thought we were going to be together forever," Harden said in a sit down interview. "Russell Westbrook. James Harden. Kevin Durant."
When asked whether he would still be in Oklahoma City if money was not a factor, Harden said: "Definitely. Definitely. No question.
"I felt like I already made a sacrifice coming off the bench and doing whatever it takes to help the team, and they weren’t willing to help me."
Apr 12, 2014 12:41 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder have joined the San Antonio Spurs in securing homecourt advantage in The Finals should they make it.
The Thunder are guaranteed to have a better record than both the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat with their win on Friday.
Apr 11, 2014 10:48 PM EDT
Monty Williams compared the style of Kevin Durant to Len Bias, who was the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft out of Maryland.
“(Durant)’s a very unique player, reminds me of what Len Bias would have been if he played in the league,” Williams explained. “(At) 6-8, 6-9, can shoot it and run, can dunk and defend, play many positions. I’m just impressed by the way he gets better every year and his passion for the game.”
Williams also added two more players to the Bias comparison.
“I think he’s the most unique guy I’ve seen, like Alex English, Glen Rice, Len Bias, all these guys all in one,” Williams said of Durant. “He does everything. You just can’t recall a guy that long who can do what he does every single night. Shooting from 30 feet on the floor with confidence, then driving to the basket and dunking on guys and then go post up. To top it off, he’s a great teammate and a good kid.”
Apr 11, 2014 4:55 PM EDT
Russell Westbrook has played with an increased chip on his shoulder since returning from his latest knee injury.
"For anybody who gets hurt, you come back with a bigger shovel," Westbrook said. "You want to compete, come back better and compete at the level before you got hurt.
"It's made me even more meaner. But that's normal for me."
Westbrook and his teammates believe the point guard was able to learn from sitting and watching the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"He looks like he is more explosive and he's making good decisions," Kevin Durant said. "It looks like he learned a lot just sitting there watching. You think the game more just sitting and watching.
"He always plays with a chip on his shoulder," Durant said. "Angry could be good and bad. But it's on the good side for Russ. He doesn't like anybody he is playing against. He plays with that edge and he plays at a high level."
"Just watch his court awareness. He's very selective about his shot selection now," Kendrick Perkins added. "He is still being aggressive, but he is picking and choosing when to be aggressive, which is helping us."
Apr 09, 2014 11:06 PM EDT
LeBron James all but conceded the Most Valuable Player award to Kevin Durant on Wednesday, praising the Oklahoma City Thunder forward as the most deserving candidate.
"I think K.D. has had one heck of a season, and if he was rewarded with the MVP, it would be great," James said. "It would be awesome for him, for his family. It would be a great thing for him. He has played MVP-type basketball. The most consistent basketball player as far as MVP this year. He has put up some great numbers."
Durant has averaged 32 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists this season while James has averaged 26.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists.
Apr 07, 2014 8:18 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed forward Grant Jerrett to a contract.
Jerrett (6-10, 232) joins the Thunder after spending the past season with the Tulsa 66ers where he appeared in 27 games (25 starts) and averaged 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 29.3 minutes per game.
The Thunder secured the rights to Jerrett on draft night after he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 40th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Apr 07, 2014 1:08 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder will not sign Reggie Williams following the expiration of his second 10-day contract, sources tell RealGM.
Williams appeared in three games with the Thunder, averaging 3.7 points in 5.6 minutes per appearance.
Williams has been with the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League this season.
Apr 02, 2014 2:38 PM EDT
Derek Fisher was asked Wednesday about the rumors of him joining the New York Knicks in a possible head coaching role after the season.
"That is not in my radar or in my scope or anything that I've thought about, even coaching in general," Fisher said.
Fisher has consistently stated he will retire after this season.
Fisher's name, as well as Steve Kerr's, have been mentioned as possibilities to become Phil Jackson's hire as head coach.
Apr 01, 2014 6:49 PM EDT
Kevin Durant and Al Jefferson have been named the NBA Players of the Month for March.
Durant averaged 34.5 points per game in March, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan in 89-90 to average at least 33 per game in three straight months. Durant had a PER of 32.8 in March, below his January mark of 37.1 though up from February's 28.4.
Jefferson averaged 24.6 points and 10.6 rebounds in March with a PER of 25.6.
Mar 28, 2014 12:22 PM EDT
The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed forward Reggie Williams to a 10-day contract.
Earlier this season, Williams appeared in one game for the Thunder where he scored five points in five minutes after being signed to a 10-day contract on March 6.
In 25 games this season with the Tulsa 66ers, Williams averaged 20.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.56 steals in 38.0 minutes per game.
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Caron Butler has agreed to sign with the Thunder.
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The Knicks deemed Iman Shumpert more valuable than the late first round choice that the Thunder offered.
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