Aug 01, 2014 8:02 PM EDT
Tibor Pleiss will sign with Barcelona after attempts to get a deal done with the Oklahoma City Thunder were unsuccessful due to his buyout.
Pleiss had played for Laboral Kutxa since 2012 and was the 31st overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft when he was with Brose Baskets.
The German-born center won't turn 25 until November and the plan is still for Pleiss to come to the NBA for the 15-16 season.
Jul 31, 2014 1:43 PM EDT
Kevin Durant's endorsement contract with Nike expires this week.
Sources say Under Armour is preparing a robust offer to Durant. Under Armour is based in Durant's home state of Maryland.
"Nike has been a part of me ever since I was in high school and have been great since I've been in the league but I'm just going to let my team be the ones who handle that behind the scenes, I guess," Durant said. "When you look at stuff like that, it's great problems to have because people want you for what you know and do on the basketball court, the work you put in, so I'm going to continue to put my work in, let them focus on that on the other end, and we'll come together at some point."
Durant switched agents last June to become the first NBA client of Jay-Z's agency.
Jul 30, 2014 12:11 AM EDT
Kevin Durant spoke extensively on Tuesday about his 2016 free agency for the first time.
Durant made it clear that he will put himself first when choosing his future.
“I’m going to do what’s best for me,” Durant told reporters in Las Vegas. “It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in Oklahoma City. I’m just going to focus on that. I’m not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does.”
Durant is focused on the present, yet refused to rule out anything in the future.
Durant has been linked to the Washington Wizards in 2016.
“Look, we going to put it out on tape. It’s been talked about,” Durant said when asked about signing with his hometown Wizards. “Everybody’s asked me about it every time I go on Instagram or Twitter. All my friends ask me about it. So I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff. But I just tell everybody that I’m here in Oklahoma City. I love it here. Who knows what will happen. I never close the door on anything. But I like where I’m at right now. So I can’t answer that question.”
Durant signed a full five-year extension in 2010 rather than insisting on a player option that would have allowed him to become a free agent earlier in his career.
“To be honest, I just didn’t know. I was 21. I didn’t know,” Durant said. “Obviously, when you sign a deal you want to have the best options for yourself, the best flexibility for yourself. But I loved Oklahoma City so much I just wanted to dedicate and show them that I’m all about the team."
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.
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