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Thunder Considering Ettore Messina As Head Coach Candidate

Apr 24, 2015 10:50 AM

Ettore Messina is reportedly on the list of candidates compiled by the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching vacancy.

Messina has had great success as a head coach in Europe and is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Thunder fired Scott Brooks as head coach this week.

Billy Donovan is widely considered the frontrunner for the job.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Report: Kevin Ollie Removes Name From Consideration For Thunder Job

Apr 23, 2015 1:52 PM

Kevin Ollie has removed his name from consideration for the head coaching job of the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to sources.

Ollie has been considered a strong candidate for the job following his success at UConn and relationship with Kevin Durant.

The Thunder are looking for a new head coach following their dismissal of Scott Brooks.

Billy Donovan is also considered a top candidate for the position.

Jon Rothstein/CBS Sports

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Connecticut Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Confident Enes Kanter Will Re-Sign

Apr 23, 2015 11:08 AM

Sam Presti is confident the Oklahoma City Thunder will re-sign Enes Kanter this offseason.

Kanter will be a restricted free agent.

The Thunder acquired Kanter at the deadline in a trade that included a future first round pick.

“We wouldn’t have traded for him if we didn’t feel like we’d be in a position to have him with us going forward,” Presti said.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Billy Donovan, Kevin Ollie Emerge As Serious Candidates For Thunder

Apr 22, 2015 2:40 PM

Billy Donovan is believed to be a serious candidate to replace Scott Brooks as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that Donovan recently worked on background research on Kevin Durant.

Durant will become an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

Donovan has won two national championships at Florida and had previously agreed to coach the Orlando Magic before ultimately deciding to remain in Gainesville.

Kevin Ollie also has interest in the Thunder job. Ollie was teammates with many of the Thunder, including Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, Florida Gators, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic, Nuggets Expected To Have Interest In Scott Brooks

Apr 22, 2015 1:34 PM

Scott Brooks will become a top candidate for the head coaching vacancies of the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets.

Brooks was fired by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Fire Scott Brooks

Apr 22, 2015 1:28 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired Scott Brooks as head coach. Sam Presti traveled to California to meet with Brooks and inform him of their decision.

Brooks became head coach of the Thunder in 2008 following a stint as interim head coach when P.J. Carlesimo was fired.

Brooks helped guide the Thunder to the Finals in 2012, but came under fire repeatedly in the media in recent seasons.

“This is an extremely difficult decision on many levels. Scott helped establish the identity of the Thunder and has earned his rightful place in the history of our organization through his seven years as a valued leader and team member,” said Presti. “As we all know, this past year we had unique and challenging circumstances and as I have conveyed, not many people could have accomplished what Scott and this team were able to. Therefore, it is very important to state that this decision is not a reflection of this past season, but rather an assessment of what we feel is necessary at this point in time in order to continually evolve, progress and sustain. We determined that, in order to stimulate progress and put ourselves in the best position next season and as we looked to the future, a transition of this kind was necessary for the program. We move forward with confidence in our foundation and embrace the persistence and responsibility that is required to construct an elite and enduring basketball organization capable of winning an NBA championship in Oklahoma City.”

Billy Donovan is expected to become a serious candidate to replace Brooks, while Kevin Ollie also has significant interest in the job.

Durant posted the following statement on Instagram:

"Today was tough for me. While I support our team's decision 100 percent and look forward to the upcoming season and the future in OKC, Scotty was my coach and a friend for the past 7 seasons. We accomplished a lot together, and those times will never be taken away from us. I grew as both a man and a ball player under his guidance and for that I will be forever grateful. I wish nothing but the best for him and his family who have also been such a big part of this city and organization. I know he will be very successful in wherever his next steps in life are."

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Enes Kanter Undergoes Surgery On Left Knee

Apr 22, 2015 12:33 PM

Enes Kanter underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. 

Kanter, who was acquired on Feb. 19 from the Utah Jazz, appeared in 26 games (26 starts) with the Thunder averaging 18.7 points on 56.6 percent shooting from the floor (196-of-346), 11.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 31.1 minutes per game. Overall, the fourth-year center played in 75 games (74 starts) with Utah and Oklahoma City, averaging 15.5 points and 8.9 rebounds in 28.5 minutes per contest.  

Kanter is expected to miss 4-6 weeks before returning to normal offseason activities.

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Tags: Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

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Thunder Considering Kevin Ollie As Replacement For Scott Brooks

Apr 20, 2015 3:16 PM

Kevin Ollie is being "seriously considered" by the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching job.

Scott Brooks has been head coach of the Thunder since the 08-09 season when he replaced P.J. Carlesimo. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Thunder are considering making a change from Brooks.

Ollie was a teammate of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook with the Thunder during his playing career.

Sam Presti has reportedly visited UConn several times recently.

Adam Zagoria/ZagsBlog

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Connecticut Huskies, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook Win Player Of The Month For April

Apr 17, 2015 7:08 PM

DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for April.

DeRozan had a PER of 24.1 in April, while Westbrook's 28.3 ranked sixth in the Western Conference.

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Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Durant, Westbrook Won't Watch NBA Playoffs

Apr 17, 2015 12:54 PM

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will not watch the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

The Oklahoma City Thunder were one win short of reaching the playoffs, losing a tiebreaker with the New Orleans Pelicans.

"Hell no," said Durant when asked if he'll watch.

"I don't ever watch other teams," said Westbrook.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Thunder Will Consider Firing Scott Brooks
Billy Donovan and Kevin Ollie could become serious candidates for the job if the Thunder don't bring back Scott Brooks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

NBA Rescinds Technical Foul Against Westbrook
Russell Westbrook was set to face a suspension due to receiving his 16th technical foul.

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Westbrook Scores Career-High 54, Will Be Suspended For Next Game After 16th Tech
Russell Westbrook was handed the technical by referee Ed Malloy after being called for a foul trying to fight through a screen.

Royce Young/ESPN

LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month
LeBron James led the conference in scoring (24.7 ppg), ranking fourth in assists (7.3 apg), finishing sixth in steals (1.73 spg) and adding 6.3 rebounds.

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Jenkins: Westbrook's Personality Suggests He'd Stay With Thunder
Lee Jenkins doesn't see Russell Westbrook as the type of player who would want the media glare off the court that would come in a market like New York or Los Angeles.

Zach McCrite Show/107.7

Russell Westbrook Eyes NBA's Citizenship Award
Russell Westbrook has put up MVP-caliber numbers one season after teammate Kevin Durant won the award.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Kevin Durant: I Would Love To Stick It Out With One Team My Whole Career
Kevin Durant can become a free agent in 2016, but he continues to imply that his future will be with the Thunder.

Royce Young/ESPN

Westbrook's Adjusted Stat Line For 1962: 47-15-12
In 1961-62, Oscar Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists to become the first and only player to put up a triple-double season.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Kevin Durant Undergoes Bone Graft Surgery On Foot
Kevin Durant is expected to return to full basketball activities in the next four to six months.

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Kevin Love's Best Relationship With Star Player Is Westbrook
Russell Westbrook can become a free agent in 2017, while Kevin Love's free agency will be in 2015 or 2016.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via Nick Dudukovich/Factory of Sadness)

Kevin Durant To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery
Kevin Durant is expected to have a recovery time of four to six months.

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Westbrook Confused Why Media Asking About Defense After Giving Up 1.369 PPP
The Thunder have given up more than 115 points per 100 possessions in four of their past five games.

Royce Young/ESPN

Nick Collison Out Minimum Of 10 Days With Sprained Ankle
Scott Brooks said the injury will sideline Nick Collison through at least March.

Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Thunder Media Policies Believed To Be Effort To Help Keep Players
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant have been increasingly at odds with the media this season.

Bryan Curtis/Grantland

Kevin Durant Removed From Basketball Activities
Kevin Durant was getting closer to a return before suffering a relapse of soreness this week.

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Iverson: Westbrook Reminds Me So Much Of Myself
Russell Westbrook has a lot of admirers and Allen Iverson may be one of his biggest.

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Thunder Uncertain On Kevin Durant's Return Date
Kevin Durant did not practice on Thursday due to soreness in his right foot.

Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Serge Ibaka Out 4-6 Weeks Following Surgery On Knee
Serge Ibaka underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to address right knee soreness.

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Serge Ibaka To Undergo Procedure On Knee
Serge Ibaka's timeline for return is unclear.

Royce Young/ESPN

Sam Presti: Ludicrous To Assert Thunder Would Trade Kevin Durant
Sam Presti was asked about the idea that the Thunder would consider trading away Kevin Durant.

Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

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