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Reggie Jackson, Pistons Agree Upon Five-Year, $80M Deal

Jul 5, 2015 9:59 PM

Reggie Jackson has agreed upon a five-year, $80 million contract with the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons acquired Jackson from the Oklahoma City Thunder at the deadline.

Jackson had previously turned down a four-year, $48 million extension from the Thunder.

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Tags: Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Durant On Aldridge: You've Got To Focus On You At This Point Of Your Career

Jul 4, 2015 3:34 PM

Kevin Durant was asked at the Orlando Summer League if he was surprised by LaMarcus Aldridge's decision to leave the Portland Trail Blazers to sign with the San Antonio Spurs.

"No, I wasn't," said Durant. "You could kind of tell once this whole thing started that he was trying to go somewhere else. But in those decisions, man, you've just got to respect the guy for making a decision that was right for him. I know a lot of fans were probably upset in Portland with the decision. But at this point of your life and your career, you've got to focus on you. I said this last year when Mr. James made his decision, it was pretty cool to see a guy do what he wants to do and not worry about what everybody thinks."

Durant himself will be a free agent in 2016 for the first time in his career.

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

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Kyle Singler, Thunder Agree Upon Five-Year, $25M Deal

Jul 1, 2015 3:46 PM

Kyle Singler and the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed upon a five-year deal worth nearly $25 million.

Singler emerged as a key part of Oklahoma City's bench following his acquisition at the deadline from the Detroit Pistons.

Agent Greg Lawrence of Wasserman Media Group completed the deal with general manager Sam Presti Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

 

Singler was a restricted free agent.

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Tags: Kyle Singler, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Exec Expects Westbrook, Harden To Join Forces With Lakers

Jun 30, 2015 3:31 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have lost some of their edge in attracting top level free agents, but that can surely shift back in the next few years.

Shaquille O'Neal famously signed with the Lakers in 1996.

"It came down to the aura of Los Angeles," said Magic executive Pat Williams, according to the book "The Show: The Inside Story of the Spectacular Los Angeles Lakers."

"They don't have the same pull, but they do have the city, weather and off-the-court appeal," one executive said. "Also, Kobe is only there for a short time, then you can be the face of the team."

Said another executive: "The Lakers will always be a huge draw. They will be fine regardless. While losing Howard was not planned, they will still be in on anyone."

And said another executive: "They just need one big guy to go there, and the rest will follow. I expect [Russell] Westbrook and [James] Harden to join forces there when they become free. It definitely still has allure. It's still L.A., and they are still the Lakers. No free agent can question whether or not they will spend the money to win titles."

Westbrook is not eligible to become a free agent until 2016, while Harden isn't a free agent until 2018.

Both Westbrook and Harden were born and raised in the Los Angeles area.

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Tags: James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Enes Kanter, Thunder Set Meeting To Discuss 3-4 Year Deal In Early Window

Jun 30, 2015 2:30 PM

Enes Kanter — the Oklahoma City Thunder’s top free agent — has plans to meet with the franchise in Chicago on July 1, the two sides targeting an early contract completion, league sources told RealGM.

The Thunder and Kanter are expected to discuss three- and four-year contract sheets that could reach maximum-level money with incentives, sources told RealGM.

For the organization and Kanter, a restricted free agent, there will be an early window in free agency to reach an agreement before one of the top five available big men pursues larger offers elsewhere.

Oklahoma City has made clear that its main priority in July will be Kanter, a skilled, 6-foot-11 center who averaged 18.7 points, 11 rebounds and 55 percent shooting from the field in 26 games for the Thunder last season. At 23, Kanter gives the Thunder an agile offensive player with the ability to finish inside, hit jumpers and free throws and develop alongside Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.

Nevertheless, several NBA teams will pursue Kanter, including potentially the Dallas Mavericks, sources said. The Milwaukee Bucks' developing, potential interest in Kanter will be interesting to follow, given their needs and his averages against their franchise over the past three seasons: 19.2 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Kanter has spent the offseason training in Chicago.

The third overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Kanter played his first three-plus season with the Utah Jazz, averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds before his trade to the Thunder.

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Tags: Enes Kanter, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On Pod: Offseason Previews Of Thunder, Raptors, Celtics, Jazz, Rockets

Jun 30, 2015 11:46 AM

Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA), Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) preview the upcoming offseason for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, Dunc'd On

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Kevin Durant Could Earn Additional $40M By Reentering Free Agency In 2017

Jun 30, 2015 11:20 AM

Kevin Durant could earn $40 million in additional salary if he signs a one-year deal in 2016 to reenter free agency in 2017.

Durant will be one season short of qualifying for the 35 percent max available to players with 10 years of experience. With nine years of experience next summer when Durant becomes a free agent, he will be eligible for a 30 percent max contract.

Durant could become a free agent again in 2017 when the cap jumps to $108 million.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Luke Ridnour Traded By Thunder To Raptors

Jun 30, 2015 10:47 AM

The Toronto Raptors have acquired Luke Ridnour from the Oklahoma City Thunder to create a $2.85 million trade exception.

The Thunder also acquire the draft rights of Tomislav Zubcic.

Ridnour has also been traded this offseason by the Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Hornets.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Tags: Luke Ridnour, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cameron Payne Sees Fit With Thunder, Will Do Whatever Asked Of Him

Jun 26, 2015 1:02 AM

The breakout star of NBA Draft week, Cameron Payne, found himself in a unique position when the Oklahoma City Thunder selected him with the 14th pick on Thursday night. He was taken by a team that should contend for a championship next season despite missing the playoffs altogether this spring, but may not get much of a chance to showcase his playmaking skills early on.

“I was shocked they picked me,” Payne said. “I was thinking I was going to go earlier, but man, God put me in the perfect fit. Everything happened for a reason.”

Payne told RealGM on Wednesday that he loves to play with the ball in his hands.

"I feel my best attribute and the best way for me make my teammates better is me having the ball," Payne said a day before being drafted. "I put people in the perfect position to score; I mean the perfect position. People like playing with me because I can do that and not a lot of people can do that. With the ball, I can set up guys.”

If he spends time on the court alongside Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, Payne is going to have to find another way to make a difference.

“I can be a combo guard. I can be a shooting guard,” Payne said when asked what he’ll bring to the Thunder. “On my team at Murray [State] I really had to score the ball, I was down there on the ball. But anything coach needs me to do, Cameron Payne is going to do it. There’s no way I’m going to be a selfish guy. I’m a point guard, I’m the most unselfish player on the court. If I’m needed to play the two, if I’m need to play the five, I’m going to do it."

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Tags: Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Jeremy Lamb Traded To Hornets For Luke Ridnour

Jun 25, 2015 12:45 PM

Jeremy Lamb has been traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Charlotte Hornets for Luke Ridnour and a second round pick.

Ridnour has been previously traded by the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies this offseason. Ridnour has a non-guaranteed contract.

Lamb was a lottery pick in 2012 out of UConn.

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Tags: Jeremy Lamb, Luke Ridnour, Charlotte Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jeremy Lamb To Be Traded To Hornets
Hornets will acquire Jeremy Lamb from the Thunder involving the contract of Matt Barnes.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Thunder Shopping Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb, Steve Novak
While the Thunder are financially motivated in their attempts to move a combination of those players, they are also looking for a draft pick.

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Maurice Cheeks Considered Strong Candidate For Thunder Assistant Job
Maurice Cheeks has been off the sidelines since his brief stint as head coach of the Pistons in 13-14.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Monty Williams Agrees To Join Thunder As Assistant Coach
The securement of Monty Williams stands as the first significant coup of Billy Donovan's regime.

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Cameron Payne May Have Promise From Thunder At No. 14
Cameron Payne of Murray State has become a player moving up the draft boards of teams rapidly since declaring for the NBA Draft.

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Pelicans Hoping To Hire Robert Pack
Robert Pack is unlikely to be retained with the Thunder under Scott Brooks.

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Scott Brooks Passing On Interviews With Nuggets, Pelicans
Scott Brooks wants to look at television opportunities and reconnect with his family living in California.

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Durant Recovering Well, Not Yet At Weight-Bearing Stage
Kevin Durant hopes to be back on the court by August 1st.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery
The Wolves have won the lottery with the Lakers moving up to No. 2 and the 76ers staying at No. 3.

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Thunder Appear To Be Targeting Point Guards, Shooters In Draft
The Thunder appeared to focus on point guards and shooters during their interviews at the NBA Draft Combine.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Thunder Interested In Monty Williams, Andy Greer, Nate Tibbets As Assistants
Monty Williams was recently fired by the Pelicans, while Andy Greer is currently an assistant with the Bulls and Nate Tibbetts with the Blazers.

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery
The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

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Anthony Grant To Join Thunder Coaching Staff
Anthony Grant was an assistant for Billy Donovan at Marshall and Florida until 2006.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Russell Westbrook To Represent Thunder At Lottery
The Thunder haven't been in the lottery since they won the third overall pick in 2009 and drafted James Harden.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

Donovan Wants Westbrook To 'Be Able To Be Who He Is'
Billy Donovan wants to establish a personal relationship with Russell Westbrook before they begin to discuss the basketball aspects of their partnership.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Mychal Thompson: Warriors Plan To Go Hard After Kevin Durant In 2016
Warriors plan on pursuing Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent in 2016, according to Klay Thompson's father.

Alex Torres/WarriorsWorld

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.

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

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